23rd July 2023
The Journal reports on the number of court summonses for failure to pay for a TV licence issued last year. Irish Prison Reform Trust (IPRT) has campaigned for many years to end the wasteful practice of imprisonment for fine payment defaults. Imprisonment for fines default represents a completely ineffective use of Garda, Courts and Irish Prison Service time and resources.
More recent data in IPRT’s Progress in the Penal System: A Framework for Penal Reform 2022 (PIPS 2022) states that 5.7% of all female committals to prison were for non-payment of court-ordered fines. While this represents a small proportion of female committals, this is over double the comparable figure for men (2.5%). Committals to prison for the non-payment of court ordered fines decreased from 234 in 2021 to 205 in 2022 as recorded in PIPS 2022. While welcome, a disproportionate amount (22%) of such committals continue to relate to women.
Read the article on TheJournal.ie here.