Irish Penal Reform Trust

Elections 2020

In advance of the 2020 general election, IPRT has once again put forward our 5 key recommendations for the next programme for government. We have analysed 7 party manifestos as they were made public. We continue to track policy debates around crime and punishment, benchmarking these against policies and innovations demonstrated to be effective.

All of IPRT's policy proposals are backed up by solid evidence and research, presented across a series of Research reports and Position Papers and Briefings and Submissions published on this website. For more details, please contact campaigns@iprt.ie

Welcome opportunity for renewed and sustained reform – IPRT congratulates Ministers on appointments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today congratulated Minister Helen McEntee TD on her appointment as Minister for Justice. IPRT is looking forward to working with the Minister on the implementation of evidence-led justice commitments in the Programme for Government.

‘Our Shared Future’ – Draft Programme for Government 2020+

IPRT strongly welcomes many of the proposals in the draft Programme for Government. In particular, we welcome that the document reflects all of the five recommendations IPRT campaigned on in advance of the 2020 General Election.

5 Key Recommendations for the Programme for Government 2020+

IPRT details FIVE priorities which we believe should be included in a new programme for government. All IPRT proposals and recommendations are supported by a wide body of solid evidence and research, available on our website.

Party manifesto analysis 2020: Social Democrats

IPRT examines the positions of the main political parties on crime and punishment issues as set out in the party manifestos.

Party manifesto analysis 2020: Green Party

IPRT examines the positions of the main political parties on crime and punishment issues as set out in the party manifestos.

Party manifesto analysis 2020: Labour

IPRT examines the positions of the main political parties on crime and punishment issues as set out in the party manifestos.

Party manifesto analysis 2020: People Before Profit

IPRT examines the positions of the main political parties on crime and punishment issues as set out in the party manifestos.

Party manifesto analysis 2020: Sinn Féin

IPRT examines the positions of the main political parties on crime and punishment issues as set out in the party manifestos.

Party manifesto analysis 2020: Fine Gael

IPRT examines the positions of the main political parties on crime and punishment issues as set out in the party manifestos.

Party manifesto analysis 2020: Fianna Fáil

IPRT examines the positions of the main political parties on crime and punishment issues as set out in the party manifestos.

3 Key Questions for Candidates

Election 2020 is an opportunity to achieve important commitments to penal reform. To make sure these key issues get on the agenda of the main parties and independent candidates, we need you to raise these issues on the doorsteps, shopping centres, train stations - wherever candidates are canvassing!

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

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