Irish Penal Reform Trust

Director’s Blog

Guest Blog: In praise of U.S. levels of incarceration?

11th September 2012

Guest Blog: Given the marginal impact that prison has on crime, the high rates of prisoner re-offending, and the huge costs and harm associated with incarceration, what sense does it make to call for even more?

Prisons and Penal Reform: Recent Developments in Ireland

24th May 2012

GUEST BLOG: There is reason to be optimistic about the future of Irish penal policy

‘Discovering Desistance’ Exchange Seminar

21st May 2012

Guest Blog: Michelle Martyn, Research & Policy Officer with IPRT, reports on a recent event in Belfast.

A Values Based Prison System: Spanish Delegate Visits Wheatfield Prison

3rd April 2012

GUEST BLOG: As part of a wider campaign to generate solutions to current social and economic problems in Ireland, Change Nation, an Ashoka initiative, hosted a visit by Spanish entrepreneur, Faustino Garcia Zapico on his idea of Units of Therapy and Education (UTE) and how this programme could be successfully applied in the Irish prison context.

Hopeful for Change in 2012

11th January 2012

Director's Blog: While there are a lot of causes to be pessimistic about the economic situation the State is in, and the pressure on public and community services, at IPRT we are hopeful and optimistic that 2012 is going to be a historic year for turning around the Irish prison system. Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime

12th December 2011

Director's Blog: From the mid-1990s in Ireland, being seen to be tough on crime became more important than actually focusing on what was likely to work in reducing crime, writes Liam Herrick on

Strip Searches at Dóchas

23rd November 2011

DIRECTOR'S BLOG: Last night, the Minister for Justice made a comprehensive statement in the Dáil about the shocking annual report of the Dóchas Centre Visiting Committee, published last Friday...

Momentum building against s. 15A

24th October 2011

DIRECTOR'S BLOG: Recent decisions demonstrate once again the difficulties surrounding Irish sentencing law in the area of mandatory sentencing.

What would you do if you were President?

12th October 2011

DIRECTOR'S BLOG: This morning I attended the Barnardos Presidential Debate, a fascinating and exciting morning. I went along partly to raise the issue of children still being detained in adult prison, and those children in St. Patrick's Institution also being excluded from the complaints remit of the Ombudsman for Children.

Advocates for the death penalty in Europe are now an exotic breed

29th September 2011

Director's Blog: The intense coverage last week of the tragic execution of Troy Davis highlights once again how far apart European and American values on crime and punishment have moved.

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



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