News & Press Releases

Temporary release from prison at Christmas 23rd December 2016

Christmas is one of the most difficult times of year for prisoners and their families. Read more

Progress Report on Youth Justice Action Plan published 21st December 2016

On 14th December 2016, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD and the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton TD published Tackling Youth Crime, Youth Justice Action Plan 2014-2018 - Progress Report 2014/2015. Read more

The Detail.TV: Concerns raised over scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland 19th December 2016

In TheDetail.TV and The Irish Times, articles by Claire Smyth raise concerns over the scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland. Read more

Bail (Amendment) Bill 2016 8th December 2016

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald brought the Bail (Amendment) Bill 2016 to cabinet on 6th December 2016. Read more

IPRT welcomes Dáil debate on prolonged solitary confinement 1st December 2016

A Private Member’s Bill introduced by Clare Daly TD, the Prisons (Solitary Confinement) (Amendment) Bill 2016 was debated in the Dáil on 1st December 2016. IPRT strongly welcomes the attention that is being paid to this serious issue. Read more

Invitation to Tender: Solitary Confinement in Ireland 30th November 2016

IPRT has secured funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to pursue an evidence-based research and awareness campaign towards the abolition of the use of solitary confinement in Ireland. Read more

IPRT position on mandatory and presumptive minimum sentencing 28th November 2016

Mandatory sentencing removes the opportunity for judges to use their discretion and impose sentences that are appropriate in the particular circumstances of the case. Read more

Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly 26th November 2016

The Board and staff of the Irish Penal Reform Trust were deeply saddened to hear today of the untimely passing of Ireland’s Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly. Read more

State Claims Agency review of assaults on prison staff 24th November 2016

The State Claims Agency has today published a major review of assaults on operational prison staff in Ireland. Read more

Alternatives to child detention under-utilised - Special Rapporteur on Child Protection 18th November 2016

Alternatives to child detention, including community-based sanctions and community service orders are being underutilised, and children with parents in prison should have access to high-quality support services. Read more


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