Irish Penal Reform Trust

The Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Irish Criminal Bar Association will co-host a seminar on Developing Youth Justice: 18-24s in the Criminal Justice System on Thursday 21st November 2019 at 4.30pm in the Distillery Building, Church Street, Dublin 7. More info here.

View or download a PDF of IPRT’s third annual 'Progress in the Penal System' report being launched in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on 25th October 2019.

The third annual 'Progress in the Penal System' report was launched in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on 25th October 2019. More details here.

As of January 2019, there were 458 sentenced prisoners aged 50+.
Over a third (34%) of all persons committed to prison in 2018 declared Dublin as their county of residence.
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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