21st May 2019
Global Prison Trends 2019 is the fifth edition in Penal Reform International’s (PRI) annual flagship Global Prison Trends series which identifies topical developments and challenges in criminal justice, and prison policy and practice. The report is published in collaboration with the Thailand Institute of Justice.
Global Prison Trends 2019 explores:
This year, the ‘Special Focus’ section looks at healthcare in prisons and explores the ongoing ‘healthcare deficit’ that is becoming a major challenge in prisons. The report examines specific groups for whom access to healthcare can be particularly challenging, these include: women; children; people with mental health needs; people who use drugs; and prison staff.
Ireland is mentioned in the report in relation to the high numbers on restricted regimes in Mountjoy, largely for gang-related issues. The factors at play when determining whether to release life-sentence prisoners are also mentioned in the report. The report references Dr Diarmuid Griffin’s work, which found that political factors and fears of an adverse public reaction both played a role in deciding in deciding whether to grant parole.
To read Global Prison Trends 2018 in full, visit the PRI website here.