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The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 has finally commenced 29th April 2016

Minister for Justice and Equality announces the commencement of The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 and The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 today. Read more

Employment opportunities (various) 27th April 2016

A number of positions have recently been advertised, including the role of Membership & Admin Officer with IPRT. Read more

The Atlantic Philanthropies: How a Small Advocacy Organization Advanced Big Reforms 27th April 2016

A case study describing how IPRT, a small organization with limited resources, successfully implemented an advocacy strategy that led the Irish government to take steps to improve conditions and reduce overcrowding in the country’s prisons. Read more

Irish Penal Reform Trust calls on next Government to ratify key anti-torture mechanism by 2017 22nd April 2016

Ireland’s leading campaigners for the protection of human rights in detention, has today called on all representatives engaged in Government negotiations to ensure that clear commitments to safeguard against inhumane treatment in places of detention are included in the next Programme for Government. Read more

Now recruiting: Membership and Administration Officer 18th April 2016

Applications are invited for the post of Membership and Administration Officer with the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT). The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day administrative support of a small and vibrant organisation, with particular responsibility for membership and EU project support. Read more

Prison Litigation Conference at Trinity College Dublin 10th April 2016

On 22 April 2016, IPRT and the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin will co-host a conference on the topic of prison litigation. Read more

Spent Convictions Act to commence on the 29th April this year 8th April 2016

The Minister for Justice and Equality announced on Wednesday, 6th April last, that the Act is to be commenced on the 29th April this year. Minister Fitzgerald went into further details of the Spent Convictions Act with regards to the offences that the Act will cover. Read more

CEDAW asks Irish government questions on women in prison 21st March 2016

On Wed 16th March, CEDAW (Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women) published its 'List of Issues' for the Irish Government prior to the submission of the combined sixth and seventh periodic reports of Ireland. Read more

Irish Examiner: Teens being ‘criminalised’ while in care of the State 7th March 2016

Writing in the Irish Examiner, Jennifer Hough reports that Ireland's "most troubled teenagers are being criminalised while in the care of the State — arrested in the secure therapeutic centres aiming to stabilise and rehabilitate them." Read more

10 Penal Policy Directions 2016-2021 26th February 2016 PDF documents

Smart Justice, Safer Communities Read more