IPRT campaigns for the respect of human rights in the penal system, and for imprisonment to be used only as a last resort. Here are some of our former campaigns:
Turnaround Youth is an IPRT campaign which makes the clear and evidence-informed case for the differential treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system.
In advance of the general election, IPRT put forward our 10 priorities for a fairer and more effective penal system. We continue to track policy debates around punishment, benchmarking these against policies and innovations demonstrated to be effective.
Children’s Rights Behind Bars was a collaboration between 16 European and International organisations that work for children’s rights, led by Defence for Children International (DCI). The goal of the project was to increase the respect of human rights of children deprived of liberty.
IPRT was one of many campaign partners who called for Prevention and Early Intervention to be included as a priority in the next programme for government.
Promoting a shift in justice resources from its emphasis on punishment to prevention and early intervention - on other words, "from criminal justice to social justice" - through solid evidence and research.
The election itself might be over but the unique opportunity remains for the new Government to enhance the protection of the community while at the same time respecting basic human rights standards.
IPRT was one of seventeen organisations who have joined forces to help people hold the State to account for its human rights record by way of the UPR during 2011.