Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Position Paper 8: Community Sanctions

16th February 2010

IPRT PP on Community SanctionsIn this Position Paper, IPRT makes the case for an increased use of community-based sanctions in Ireland to replace the use of imprisonment, which is proven to be costly and ineffective.

It is IPRT’s view that sanctions which can replace the use of imprisonment should form a significant part of a policy of penal moderation in Ireland. The implementation of such policy requires that a number of changes be introduced to the sentencing law and practice to ensure imprisonment is used only in cases where no other option is available to deal effectively with the offending behaviour.

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