Irish Penal Reform Trust

The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented national public health situation for all society, including the prison community. Resources, international perspectives, and updates from IPRT are gathered here.

The next Programme for Government is an opportunity to progress reforms that will help build safer and more equal communities. More here.

The work we do, simply put, would not be possible without the support of our members. Support our advocacy by becoming a member today.

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.

There are 4,209 people in prison custody in Ireland (28 Feb 2020).
The rate of imprisonment in Ireland is approximately 84 per 100,000 of the general population (end of Feb 2020).
In January 2020, of 589 restricted regime prisoners: 36 were Rule 62; 552 were Rule 63 (voluntary); 19 were Rule 63 (involuntary); and 1 was Rule 64.
From 1996 to 2017, the numbers in custody increased by 78% (2,191 to 3,893).
As of February 2020, there were 494 sentenced prisoners aged 50+.
Over a third (34%) of all persons committed to prison in 2018 declared Dublin as their county of residence.
The number of people committed with a life sentence decreased from 22 in 2017 to 21 in 2018.
In 2011, over 70% of prisoners were unemployed on committal and a similar percentage self-report as not having any particular trade or occupation.
On 30 November 2018, 773 prisoners were on remand.
Committals under sentence of less than 3 months decreased from 2,704 in 2017 to 1,070 in 2018.

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