News & Press Releases

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

Publication of Strategic Review of Penal Policy Implementation Oversight Group Reports 11th November 2016

The Strategic Review of Penal Policy Implementation Oversight Group Reports have been published on Read more

EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Publishes Report on Ireland's Treatment of EU Citizens in the Criminal Justice System 10th November 2016

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights launched a number of reports today in Bratislava, examining how EU Member States treat suspects and accused from other EU nations in accessing translators and necessary information in the vernacular, as well as nation-specific protocols for cross-border transfers within the EU. Ireland's tendency to… Read more

Parole Board Report: Prisoners with mental health issues denied TR because 'essential community supports were not available' 1st November 2016

In its 2015 Annual Report, the Parole Board has highlighted the case of three life sentence prisoners who were recommended for temporary release, but denied the move because of a lack of suitable services in the community to support their mental health needs. Read more

Data Released on Solitary Confinement in Irish Prisons 24th October 2016

As of 1st January 2016, 51 people in Irish prisons were being held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, while 24 of these had been held in solitary confinement for more than 100 days, and 9 had been held for more than a year. Read more

Round Up: Older People in Prison Report Launch 3rd October 2016

A round up of IPRT's latest statements and press releases in light of the launch of our latest report, 'In Here Time Stands Still: The Rights, Needs and Experiences of Older People in Prison'. Read more


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