Irish Penal Reform Trust

We believe the Youth Justice Strategy presents an opportunity to create a vision and pathway for a world-leading youth justice system in Ireland. Read our full submission.

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.

Justice proposals in the draft Programme for Government offer a strong basis for a joined-up approach that is led by the evidence of what works to prevent and reduce crime, support victims, improve rehabilitation, and reduce inequalities. Here's what IPRT has to say.

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 (35%) of all persons committed to prison in 2019 declared Dublin as their county of residence.
The number of people committed with a life sentence decreased from 21 in 2018 to 9 in 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.
On 30 November 2019, 780 prisoners were on remand.
Committals under sentence of less than 3 months increased from 1,070 in 2018 to 1,552 in 2019.

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