IPRT is an evidence-based advocacy organisation, which achieves reform through campaigning and influencing policy.
Although we are not individual service providers, it is extremely important to our work that we hear from prisoners, their families, and others, about issues that are affecting them. This greatly informs our work. Contact details for organisations which may be able to offer assistance are included below.
The 'Families Matter Too' booklet is an essential read for families of prisoners in Ireland. This booklet was produced by The South East Family Support Network and U-Casadh to bridge the gap in the information provided to families affected by imprisonment. You can read about our work in the area of prisoners' families here: "Picking Up the Pieces": The Rights and Needs of Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment.
The Children's Rights Alliance provides an information line for children, young people and their families or people who are working with them to access legal information on their behalf. More information on the service is available on their website.
Information on Prisons
A wealth of information is available on the Citizens Information website (www.citizensinformation.ie), including:
- Sentencing; Admission and Placement;
- Prisoners' Rights; Prison conditions;
- Prison medical services;
- Prison education services;
- Sex Offenders Treatment Programmes;
- Remission and Temporary Release.
The resources under the headings below are designed to relieve the confusion that often accompanies a prison sentence.