Irish Penal Reform Trust

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Irish Penal Reform Trust will take place on 18th September at the Camden Court Hotel. More info here.

Save the date: Our third annual 'Progress in the Penal System' report will be launched in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on 25th October 2019. More details coming soon.

There are 4,015 people in prison custody in Ireland (01 July 2019).
The rate of imprisonment in Ireland is approximately 82 per 100,000 of the general population (start of July 2019).
In 2018, the average cost of an “available, staffed prison space” was €73,802.
The prison population increased by 400% from 1970 to 2011.
In 2018 there were 3,559 prisoners committed under sentence serving sentences of less than 12 months.
The majority of Irish prisoners have never sat a State exam and over half left school before the age of 15.
Four in ten children (under 16 years) on custodial remand have a learning disability. (Anderson & Graham 2007)
From 1996 to 2017, the numbers in custody increased by 68% (2,191 to 3,680).
There are 68 people in prison slopping out, without in-cell sanitation (April 2019).
In 2018, there were 455 committals to prison for the non-payment of court-ordered fines, a 79.8% decrease on the 2017 figure of 2,261.

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



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