Irish Penal Reform Trust

The General Election on the 8th of February 2020 is an opportunity to achieve important commitments to penal reform. More here.

View or download a PDF of 'Making Rights Real For People with Disabilities in Prison' launched at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on 15th January 2020.

View an interactive online version of IPRT’s third annual 'Progress in the Penal System' report launched in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on 25th October 2019. PDF also available for download.

Over a third (34%) of all persons committed to prison in 2018 declared Dublin as their county of residence.
As of January 2019, there were 458 sentenced prisoners aged 50+.
There are 4,015 people in prison custody in Ireland (01 July 2019).
In 2011, over 70% of prisoners were unemployed on committal and a similar percentage self-report as not having any particular trade or occupation.
At the time of the April 2019 census of restricted regimes, there were 51 prisoners being held on 22+ hour lock-up.
The rate of imprisonment in Ireland is approximately 82 per 100,000 of the general population (start of July 2019).
Numbers committed with a life sentence decreased from 22 in 2017 21 in 2018.
Dóchas women’s prison is operating at 130% of its recommended maximum capacity. (1 April 2019)
As of April 2019, 29 prisoners held on a restricted regime were aged 18-20.
As of April 2019, 2,021 (50%) prisoners were accommodated in single cells.

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Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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