Irish Penal Reform Trust

Human Rights in Prison

IPRT promotes a penal system that is: humane as experienced by people who are detained, protects and promotes human rights and equality, and strives to achieve international best practice in formal regimes, daily practices and overall culture.

It is the sentence of deprivation of liberty in itself that is the core punitive sanction, the conditions and treatment while in prison should not be used as additional punishment.

Accordingly, we believe that while restrictions on the freedom of movement are necessarily introduced while in prison, prisoners should retain all other rights to the greatest possible degree while serving their sentences. In particular, IPRT believes that prisoners have the right to be treated with dignity and respect for their rights; they have the right to safety and security of the person, the right to be treated humanely and be free from torture, degrading or inhuman treatment or punishment.

We work to ensure that regimes in prisons and children detention facilities are humane, and reflect human rights standards as a minimum in the short term, striving for international best practice in the medium to long term.

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Publish Report Ahead of 2nd Periodic UNCAT Review

18th July 2017

IPRT welcomes the publication of IHREC’s report in advance of the 2nd periodic review of UNCAT Ireland and the Convention against Torture. The IHREC report highlights the need for the State to ratify OPCAT which would provide a clear ‘roadmap’ and timeline for the implementation of OPCAT. Ireland signed the OPCAT in 2007 but has yet to ratify it. The ratification of OPCAT would mean strengthening the inspection and monitoring process in all places where persons are deprived of their liberty with the overall aim of protecting against ill-treatment.

Minister introduces Amendment to Prison Rules: “Meaningful Human Contact”

7th July 2017

On 29th June 2017, Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan TD, introduced an amendment to Rule 27 (1) of the Prison Rules 2007 to 2017.

IPRT Project: Progress in the Penal System (PIPS)

18th May 2017

IPRT has secured funding for a 3-year annual flagship project, with the overall objective of providing a comprehensive report on human rights issues in Irish prisons.

Invitation to Tender: UNCAT - Ireland's Compliance with UNCAT in Places of Penal Detention

13th April 2017

IPRT is inviting tenders for the research and drafting of materials to support IPRT’s campaign around Ireland’s hearing under UNCAT.

Slopping out ended in Cork Prison

18th July 2016

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD performed the official opening of the new Cork Prison today.

Inspector of Prisons Report on Prisoner Complaints Procedures June 2016

30th June 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality published the Inspector of Prisons Report on 8 June, 2016 titled Evaluation and Analysis of the Operation of the present Irish Prison Service Prisoner Complaints Procedure.

Census of Prison Population, Cell Occupancy and In-Cell Sanitation January 2015

10th February 2015

The Irish Prison Service Statistics Office recently published its quarterly statistical analysis of prison population, cell occupancy and in-cell sanitation facts and figures.

Census of Restricted Regime Prisoners July 2014

1st September 2014

The Irish Prison Services Statistics Unit recently published its quarterly Census of Restricted Prisoners in the Irish Penal system. The Census indicates a slight reduction in the number of prisoners on restricted regimes.

Census of Prison Population, Cell Occupancy and In Cell Sanitation July 2014

1st September 2014

The Irish Prison Service's July Report deals with facts and figures relating to prison population, cell occupancy and cell sanitation in the Irish penal estate.

IPRT needs to go to the UN: can you help get us there?

3rd July 2014

Can you help IPRT get to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva? IPRT has successfully used international human rights monitoring mechanisms to bring about real reform in the Irish penal system – read more about our achievements here. But our work is not done yet.

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

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