News & Press Releases

McDowell's plans to fine children "not in the best interests of young people" 6th July 2004

Irish Juvenile Justice Alliance calls upon Government to end gimmicks and fulfil its commitments under the Children Act, 2001 Read more

Penal Reform Trust briefs UN Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna 17th May 2004

Irish Penal Reform Trust Executive Director Rick Lines is in Vienna today at the invitation of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Read more

Irish Times Opinion Piece: Electronic tagging would be no penal reform 8th May 2004

Far from being a solution to our prison problems electronic tagging is a technology in search of a rationale, Rick Lines concludes in the Irish Times. Read more

Electronic Tagging "a technology in search of rationale" says Penal Reform Trust 6th May 2004

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has criticised today's comments by Justice Minister Michael McDowell that his Department is considering the implementation of electronic tagging of offenders. Read more

Irish Times Opinion Piece: Prison voting essential to any democracy 19th April 2004

On March 30th, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that denying prisoners the right to vote contravened the European Convention on Human Rights. This is a good decision for all of us, writes Rick Lines in The Irish Times. Read more

McDowell Plan will make Ireland one of EU's top jailers, and increase prison spending by up to €100 million annually 7th April 2004

Michael McDowell's massive prison expansion plans will make Ireland one of the top jailers in the European Union, according to the Irish Penal Reform Trust. It will also increase annual prison spending by as much as €100 million per year. Read more

McDowell's Prison Plans "recycled U.S. policy failures of 20 years ago", 6th April 2004

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has today criticised Minister Michael McDowell's plans for massive prison expansion and the introduction on mandatory minimum sentencing, calling these initiatives "recycled U.S. policy failures of 20 years ago". Read more

Call for International Action on Prisons to coincide with Dublin AIDS Summit 23rd February 2004

80 groups/experts from more than 20 countries endorse "Dublin Declaration on HIV/AIDS in Prisons in Europe and Central Asia" Read more

Letter to the Editor: Drug Use in Prisons 14th February 2004

In a letter to the Editor published in today's Irish Times, IPRT Executive Director Rick Lines defends the provision of sterile syringes to prisoners. Read more

Urgent Action Needed on Hepatitis C in Prisons, says Penal Reform Trust 9th February 2004

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has today called upon the Government to take immediate action to prevent the transmission of Hepatitis C in prisons. Read more


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