Irish Penal Reform Trust

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The Detail: Call for independent inquiry after 206 prisoner deaths in 12 years

27th September 2018

IPRT calls for the Irish Prison Service to publish regular reports into deaths and incidents of near-deaths, self-harm, violence and assaults in prisons.

Social enterprise café to employ ex-offenders

29th August 2018

The Irish Prison Service is conducting a market sounding exercise in order to assess the level of interest and engagement from suitable operators for a proposed café facility in Dublin.

Letter: Minister Zappone should publish Oberstown report

11th August 2018

IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone penned a letter to the Editor of The Irish Times, calling on the Minister to publish the Operational Review of Oberstown.

OpEd: Ireland has not ratified a protocol to prevent torture in places of detention

8th August 2018

An OpEd by IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone in The Irish Times discusses Ireland’s failure to ratify OPCAT.

Irish Examiner: 'Inmate deaths lead to call for culture change'

7th August 2018

The Irish Examiner has reported on concerns highlighted by two previous prison inspectors around the accuracy of records being kept by prison officers.

The Irish Times: Sharp increase in Irish prison population

6th August 2018

The Irish Times has published an article and an editorial detailing the sharp increase in Ireland’s prison population in 2018, following years of decline and stability.

Newstalk: Time for change? Women and mothers in the Irish prison system

13th July 2018

Newstalk's Simon Tierney reports from the Dóchas Centre on the issues facing women and mothers in prison in Ireland.

‘Unacceptable’ conditions for mentally ill prisoners

11th July 2018

IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone speaks to Irish Legal News in response to an Irish Times article reporting on conditions for mentally ill prisoners.

Electronic Monitoring of Sex Offenders Post-Release

8th June 2018

The Government has approved draft legislation, which would provide for the electronic tagging of sex offenders after they have been released from prison.

Report on Penal Reform and Sentencing

10th May 2018

Many of the issues raised by IPRT during our hearing before the Committee are included in the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality report on Penal Reform and Sentencing.

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

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