Irish Penal Reform Trust

Student queries

We’d like to thank all of the students who keep the spirit of penal reform alive through their research and advocacy. Through our work with you, we can safely say that the future of penal reform and informed reporting on penal policy matters in Ireland is in good hands.

The best way for students to show their support for our work and keep up to date with IPRT news is by becoming a member of IPRT. Student membership is €10 and guarantees that you’ll be the first to hear about upcoming events and issues of interest. You can also sign up to receive important updates from IPRT here.

While we are happy to support student research/journalism relating to issues we are working on, as a very small staff team with competing priorities, we will require a lead time of at least one week to issue a full response/complete an interview. During busy periods we may indicate on receipt of the query that our response could take longer. While we enjoy sharing our knowledge, our foremost priority is to be as effective as possible in our goal of achieving progressive penal policy reform.

We encourage students interested in IPRT’s work to explore our comprehensive research centre, key issues, and news and press releases before contacting IPRT directly. If our website doesn’t answer your burning questions about human rights in prison and all things penal reform, you can reach us using the details below.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and for your interest in our work!

Research queries:

Student journalism queries: Pamela Drumgoole, Communications Officer |

Volunteering queries: Please check this page to see if applications are currently being accepted. We cannot accept applications outside of our structured volunteering programme.

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



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