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.
31st December 2005
A report which delves into the Irish Prison Service’s policies and strategies for keeping drugs out of prisons.
30th June 2005
The Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme (BFDPP) is an initiative dedicated to providing a rigorous, independent review of the effectiveness of national and international drug policies.
31st May 2005
A document intended to inform the implementation of policies and programs for promoting the reduction of harms associated with substance abuse.
30th May 2004
This 2002 report considers the evidence and key findings of Dublin City University, commissioned by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD), in its review of International Literature on Harm Reduction and of services available in Ireland.
31st December 2003
A report laying out the concepts used as guidelines for classifying drug treatment facilities and their treatment activities.
31st December 2003
An overview addressing understandings of harm reduction and summarising its key principles before going on to consider the strength and nature of the evidence of the effectiveness of various forms of ‘harm reduction’ intervention.
10th September 2003
A discussion paper on the introduction of observation cells to the Irish prison system for mentally ill and suicidal prisoners. By Dr. Valerie Bresnihan
20th June 2003
A qualitative study examining prisoners’ views of drug injecting practices and harm reduction interventions in Dublin prisons.
31st December 2002
This is a practical guide for persons or organisations outside the prison system who are attempting to create community-based initiatives to support prisoners with HIV/AIDS.
31st October 2002
The main findings, conclusions and recommendations arising from the Evaluation of the Pilot Drug Court during the period 16 January 2001 to 31 January 2002 inclusive.