Irish Penal Reform Trust

Health in Prison

IPRT believes that responsibility for the provision of healthcare should be transferred from the IPS to the HSE. In addition to this, IPRT believes that those with mental illness should be diverted away from the criminal justice system and should be treated within a community setting, where possible. 

This section includes posts on health in prison, including mental health and drug policy. 

Structure and Organisation of Prison Health Care Services: Report

31st December 2001

A report highlighting the recommendations by the Report Group for the Prison Health Care Service for the year of 2001.

Drug Related Knowledge and Attitudes of Prison Officers’ in Dublin Prisons

31st October 2001

A study across six high-risk prisons in Dublin, by Anne-Marie Allen B.A.

Drug Use among Prisoners: an Exploratory Study

3rd July 2001

An exploratory study of drug use among prisoners and the issues facing prisoners, by Lucy Dillon, The Drug Misuse Research Division, The Health Research Board.

Sentencing under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977: Research Study

30th May 2001

Research into the principles applied by the courts in sentencing under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, with particular reference to the criteria used by the courts in determining whether or not to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. By Patrick McEvoy BL.

Out of Mind, Out of Sight: Solitary Confinement of Mentally Ill Prisoners

30th April 2001

A report examining the placement of mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement in Irish prisons, by Dr. Valerie Bresnihan on behalf of IPRT.

Building on Experience: National Drugs Strategy 2001 – 2008

31st December 2000

A review of the existing strategy, with a view to developing revised strategies and, where necessary, new arrangements through which to deliver them.

Mandatory Drug Testing in Prisons: Research

30th January 1997

Research into Mandatory Drug Testing by Morag MacDonald, University of Central England in Birmingham: Centre for Research into Quality.

HIV/AIDS in Youth Custody Settings: A Comprehensive Strategy

18th June 1996

This report calls for comprehensive education as the first step to preventing HIV infection in young offenders.

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



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