The main purpose of parole is to increase community safety. Parole does this by providing structured, supported and supervised transition of prisoners serving long sentences from prison back into the community.
IPRT believes that the early prison release system in Ireland should be coherent, transparent and fair. We have long campaigned for the establishment of a statutory parole system, which is fully independent of political control. This would help to achieve clarity in the law and support a proper balance between the protection of the public and the rights of sentenced persons to a fair and balanced system of release.