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IPRT Position Papers

Shifting Focus: The Vicious Circle of Social Exclusion and Crime 2nd February 2012 PDF documents

An IPRT Position Paper, 'The Vicious Circle of Social Exclusion and Crime: Ireland’s Disproportionate Punishment of the Poor', focusing on the unequal approaches to criminal justice in Ireland. Read more

Shifting Focus: From Criminal Justice to Social Justice 14th September 2010

A Position Paper developed by IPRT, Barnardos and IAYPIC (now EPIC) which raises awareness of the interconnections between child policy, penal policy and wider social policy. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 10: Women in the Criminal Justice System 5th December 2013

Towards a non-custodial approach Read more

IPRT Position Paper 9: Reform of Remission, Temporary Release and Parole 22nd October 2012 PDF documents

A Position Paper which outlines IPRT recommendations for reform of prisoner early release mechanisms. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 8: Community Sanctions 16th February 2010 PDF documents

A Position Paper which makes the case for an increased use of community-based sanctions in Ireland to replace the use of imprisonment, which is proven to be costly and ineffective. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 7: Complaints, Monitoring and Inspection in Prisons 5th November 2009 PDF documents

A Position Paper setting out the main issues relating to the monitoring and inspection of places of detention, and the need for independent external mechanisms for review of prisoners' complaints. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 6: Planning the Future of Irish Prisons 22nd September 2009 PDF documents

A Position Paper setting out the main issues relating to planning for the future of the prison system including the size of the prison population. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 5: Penal Policy with Imprisonment as a Last Resort 21st September 2009 PDF documents

A Position Paper setting out IPRT's vision for a penal system where imprisonment is used only as a last resort. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 4: Human Rights in Prison 20th September 2009 PDF documents

A position paper outlining IPRT's core principle that human rights must be respected within the penal system. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 3: Mandatory Sentencing 7th August 2013 PDF documents

A Position Paper setting out IPRT's position on mandatory and presumptive sentencing. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 2: Spent Convictions 20th November 2008 PDF documents

A Position Paper setting out IPRT's position on the proposal of a Spent Convictions Bill. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 1: Thornton Hall 2nd June 2008 PDF documents

A Position Paper setting out IPRT's position on Thornton Hall. Read more

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