IPRT - Irish Penal Reform Trust

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What we do

Established in 1994, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is Ireland's leading non governmental organisation campaigning for rights in the penal system and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy.

IPRT publishes a wide range of policy positions and research documents; we campaign vigorously across a wide range of penal policy issues; and we have established IPRT as the leading independent voice in public debate on the Irish penal system.

We have three priority areas of work:

  • a national penal policy which is just, humane, evidence-led, and uses prison as a last resort
  • a national penal system which protects and promotes human rights and strives to achieve international best practice in its regimes, daily practices and overall culture
  • IPRT as a sustainable, well-resourced, respected and collaborative stakeholder in penal policy in Ireland

We work towards progressive change through:

Advocacy based on research and evidence-led policies

  • carrying out research studies on issues relating to the penal system
  • publishing and disseminating a wide range of policy positions

Raising awareness of the work of IPRT and of penal reform issues

  • campaigning vigorously across key issues
  • disseminating the facts and dispelling the myths about prisons and prisoners
  • stimulating and providing platforms for inclusive public debate
  • organising conferences, lectures series and events
  • providing a comprehensive information resource on penal reform issues in Ireland on our website

Working constructively with others

  • constructive engagement with Government and elected officials
  • building strong relationships with other agencies in the criminal justice system
  • working with other NGO’s on common human rights issues
  • where necessary, mounting or supporting legal challenges to initiate change in Irish prisons
  • increasing our membership to demonstrate the wide support that exists for penal reform in Ireland

Download IPRT's Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021 here.

IPRT Annual Review 2016 – 2017

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of IPRT took place on Thursday 21st September 2017 in the Ashling Hotel. Read more

IPRT Strategic Plan 2017-2021

This Strategic Plan 2017-2021 builds on IPRT’s work since our establishment in 1994, and on earlier strategic plans. Read more

IPRT Annual Report 2015-2016

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of IPRT took place on Thursday 22nd September 2016 in the Camden Court Hotel. Read more

IPRT 2015: A Year in Review

IPRT is resolutely focused on outcomes - real, measurable change in Ireland's penal system - rather than lists of activities and outputs, but we are very proud of what our small team manages to achieve every year. Read more

IPRT Annual Report 2014-15 PDF documents

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of IPRT took place on Thursday, 26th November, 2015 in the Spencer Hotel. Read more

IPRT Annual Report 2013

Our report on IPRT activities and developments during 2013. Read more

IPRT Annual Report 2012

Our report on IPRT activities and developments during 2012. Read more

IPRT Annual Report 2011 PDF documents

Our report on IPRT activities and developments during 2011. Read more

IPRT Annual Report 2010 PDF documents

Our report on IPRT activities and developments during 2010. Read more

IPRT Strategic Plan 2011-15 PDF documents

IPRT undertook an evaluation of our work in 2010, with a view to setting out priority areas of activity for our next strategic plan. This process has culminated in the IPRT Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Read more