Irish Penal Reform Trust


The work of IPRT is led by a number of standards developed by international bodies, organisations and courts in relation to imprisonment and wider issues of the State’s penal policy. In particular, our work is based on the commitment to implement in Ireland a human rights-based approach to penal policy.

With this in mind, IPRT’s research, policy and awareness-raising campaigns are developed to support and monitor the implementation in the context of penal policy in Ireland of the United Nations and Council of Europe standards.

The IPRT is also committed to the promotion of best practice examples that have proved effective in other jurisdictions. To this end, we aim to provide a comprehensive library of good practices that can be accessed and used by practitioners, academics, prisoners, and anyone else interested in penal reform and penal policy. The Library is updated on a regular basis to take into account most recent developments in this area.

UK: Safety in Custody Statistics and Deaths of Offenders in the Community

25th October 2018

The Ministry of Justice has published reports on Safety in Custody Statistics and Deaths of Offenders in the Community for England and Wales.

UK: Social care in prisons in England and Wales

16th October 2018

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons (HMIP) and the Care Quality Commission (UK) have published a thematic report on Social Care in Prisons in England and Wales.

UK: Updates on the implementation of ‘Farmer Review’ recommendations

12th October 2018

An update on the implementation of recommendations from the ‘Farmer Review’ (2017) has been published on the NICCO website.

UK: PPO Annual Report 2017-2018

11th October 2018

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (England and Wales) has released its Annual Report 2017-2018

UK: Sentencing Young Adults

20th September 2018

The Howard League for Penal Reform has published research on the need for the development of formal sentencing principles for young adults.

UK: Bromley Briefings Summer 2018

24th July 2018

The Summer 2018 edition of the Prison Reform Trust's Bromley Briefings provides extensive facts and figures on a wide range of key areas within the UK prison system.

UK: Employment and benefits outcomes of prison education

16th July 2018

Using data from the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions, the Justice Data Lab have produced a report assessing the employment and benefits outcomes for offenders who received grants for distance learning in prison.

UK: Prison Reform Trust publishes ‘What about me?’

9th July 2018

‘What about me?’ is essential research conducted by the Prison Reform Trust, detailing the impact on children when mothers are involved in the criminal justice system.

UK: Report on Housing for Women in the Criminal Justice System

19th June 2018

The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) and Women in Prison (WiP) have published a report entitled ‘Home truths: housing for women in the criminal justice system'.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 'Ageing and Detention'

14th June 2018

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has published a booklet entitled 'Ageing and Detention', which seeks to draw attention to the needs of older detainees.

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



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