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Information for Prisoners and their Families

IPRT is an evidence-based advocacy organisation, which achieves reform through campaigning and influencing policy.

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.

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.

Information on Prisons

A wealth of information is available on the Citizens Information website (www.citizensinformation.ie), including:

See also information under the various headings below:

Visiting Prison YouTube

Links to visiting times and requirements for each prison, and a short video explaining the visiting process for families. Read more

Confidential prison helpline to combat drugs: 1800 855 717

A new confidential phone line has been launched to combat the illegal trafficking of drugs and weapons into prisons. Read more

What IPRT can do for people in prison

An information sheet detailing what the IPRT does to help those in Irish prisons Read more

Advice and Assistance

Contact details for organisations that provide advice and/or assistance to prisoners and former prisoners, and their friends and families. Read more

Your Rights as a Prisoner | READ & LISTEN

'Know Your Rights – Your Rights as a Prisoner' aims to help prisoners understand the rights they have while in prison. It is written in everyday language. It is available in booklet, audio and translated versions. Read more

Prison Rules

Prison Rules set out the various conditions in prisons in Ireland, including: admission, registration, accommodation, visiting rights, health, discipline, education, etc. Read more

Leaving Prison

Links to useful information and programmes. Read more

Supporting Families of Prisoners PDF documents

This article, by Sharon Harty of CASP, was first published in ‘Changing Ireland’. The article outlines tips for community activists and those working with families of prisoners. Read more

MentalHelp.ie web directory

A new resource from Mental Health Reform, www.MentalHelp.ie, is a guide to the services and supports. Read more

"Picking Up the Pieces": The Rights and Needs of Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment PDF documents

This IPRT research report details the rights, needs and experiences of families and children of prisoners. It follows extensive consultations with children, families, support services and relevant agencies. Read more

The role of schools in supporting families affected by imprisonment

A report has been published by Scottish charity 'Families Outside' on the role which schools may have in supporting those families affected by imprisonment. Read more

Deaths in Prison Custody: Information for Families & Others Affected

A booklet designed to provide some information about what may happen after a person dies in prison and what the law requires in these circumstances. It also includes details of organisations who can provide further information and/or assistance in dealing with this time of grief. Read more

Storybook Dads: maintaining family bonds YouTube

Storybook Dads is a project run in prisons which helps maintain the vital emotional bond between prisoners and their children by helping offenders to record bedtime stories on CDs and DVDs: "Keeping families together helps to reduce re-offending by up to six times." Read more

Children's Book: 'The Night Dad Went To Jail'

A children's book, by Melissa Higgins, designed to help children understand what is happening when a family member goes to prison. Read more