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.
25th July 2002
HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in Irish Prisons - A Call for Action is a joint report of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and Merchants Quay Ireland. Based upon the findings of Irish and international research, it outlines twenty-one recommendations towards implementing a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in prisons.
31st December 2001
A report highlighting the recommendations by the Report Group for the Prison Health Care Service for the year of 2001.
31st October 2001
A study across six high-risk prisons in Dublin, by Anne-Marie Allen B.A.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30th January 1997
Research into Mandatory Drug Testing by Morag MacDonald, University of Central England in Birmingham: Centre for Research into Quality.