Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

Irish Examiner: Low level drug dealers receiving long sentences

10th August 2010

While criminal bosses escape prison, small and low level drug dealers are getting long jail terms.

Irish Examiner: Prison Crisis 'Out of Control'

9th August 2010

While the figures from the IPS Annual Report 2009 are alarming, we must remember that these are now 7 months out of date.

Irish Examiner: Most jail terms last year were for minor offences

7th August 2010

More then half the prison population is now made up of people charged with road traffic offences and non-payment of court ordered fines.

Irish Independent: Cost of locking up prisoners down by €15,000 per inmate

3rd August 2010

Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Editor, reports in the 'Irish Independent' on the falling costs of housing a prisoner in 2009. IPRT's Liam Herrick challenges the figures, questioning whether monies saved through chronic overcrowding can be viewed as 'success'.

Sunday Tribune: Prison population over 5,000

1st August 2010

In the Sunday Tribune, Ali Bracken, Crime Correspondent, reports on latest figures from the Irish Prison Service (IPS) which show further increases in prisoner numbers.

Irish Times: Thornton Hall project "poorly planned"

27th July 2010

A Government plan to expand the State's prison capacity without first addressing the reasons behind the rising rate of imprisonment is ill-judged, the Irish Penal Reform Trust said.

Irish Times: Fresh challenge to slopping out may follow court ruling

26th July 2010

In an article in the Irish Times, IPRT's Liam Herrick discusses the possibility of future legal challenges being made against slopping out and prison conditions in Ireland.

Sunday Times: Prisons set to lose case over slopping out

18th July 2010

In an article in the 'Sunday Times', Sarah Mclnerney reports on the judgement in the 'slopping out' case, and IPRT's Liam Herrick comments on the implications for future cases that might be brought.

Irish Examiner: Lack of supports for vulnerable young people

16th July 2010

Jennifer Hough, in the second part of an Irish Examiner special investigation on youth justice, highlights issues of concern within the juvenile criminal justice system and the lack of early intervention services made available to young offenders.

Irish Examiner: Led Astray - Lost Young Lives

15th July 2010

In a 2-day special investigation in the 'Irish Examiner', Jennifer Hough examines how to balance appropriate punishment of young offenders with victims' rights.

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