Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT featured in radio piece shortlisted for Headline Award

16th November 2020

Headline’s Mental Health Media Awards recognise excellence in media coverage of mental health issues, celebrating those whose work brings to light challenging stories of mental ill-health.

This year, Colette Wrafter (IADT) is nominated for the Headline Student Journalist Award. Colette’s piece ‘The Head, Heart and Soul of Dublin City’ takes a deep-dive into both the pervasiveness and lived realities of mental illness and disability in the prison system in Ireland.

IPRT Policy and Research Manager Michelle Martyn spoke with Colette about IPRT’s advocacy in this area and on IPRT’s pioneering Making Rights Real for People with Disabilities in Prison research report.

The IPRT team would like to congratulate Colette and those involved in the research, production, and presentation of the piece on being shortlisted. The winners of this years’ Awards will be announced in early December. More information will be available on the Headline website.

You can listen to the piece here. [Content warning: self-harm, suicide, mental illness. Listener discretion is advised.]

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



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