Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

Irish Times: 60% of prisoners likely to reoffend, says report

25th May 2010

IPRT highlights the need for a greater commitment to the reintegration of prisoners.

RTÉ News at One: Concern over numbers of reoffenders

25th May 2010

RTÉ reporter Caitríona Perry interviewed the speakers at the launch of the IPRT report '"It's like stepping on a landmine..." - Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland'. In the news item, a former prisoner articulated the difficulties faced in reintegrating into society after release.

The Sunday Times: Jail upgrades spark doubts over ‘super-prison’

23rd May 2010

Existing prisons are being extended as Thornton Hall becomes a 'long-term' objective, and calls for spent convictions legislation.

Mountjoy Under Spotlight at Justice Committee Meeting

21st May 2010

Former Mountjoy Visiting Committee member, Paul Mckay, appeared yesterday before the Justice Committee to express his concern at the conditions in the prison.

Irish Times: Parents behind bars

18th May 2010

As Ireland’s prison population grows, more children are having to cope with the stigma and loneliness of a parent in jail, writes Sheila Wayman in 'The Irish Times'.

Today FM: What does imprisonment for life actually mean?

11th May 2010

Should life sentences for homicide run concurrently or consecutively? Liam Herrick of IPRT and Joan Deane of AdVIC talked to Today FM's Matt Cooper about sentencing in homicide cases.

Irish Times: Parents imprisoned for failing to ensure children go to school

7th May 2010

In an article in today's 'Irish Times', Jamie Smyth and Brendan Grehan report on the imprisonment of parents for failure to ensure their children attend school. IPRT believes the €8k it costs to imprison a parent for 30 days could be better spent...

Sunday Business Post: Prison service hits out at ‘unsuitable’ medical provisions

2nd May 2010

Public Affairs Correspondent John Burke reports on a newly published review of health care provision in the Irish prison system.

Irish Times Letters: Resignation of prison governor

28th April 2010

In a letter to 'The Irish Times', the Women in Prison Reform Alliance calls for government to engage on the serious issues raised by the resignation of Governor McMahon.

Irish Independent: Prison chief hits back after governor quits women's jail

27th April 2010

Today's 'Irish Independent' reports on the resignation of the Governor of the Dóchas Centre, including the call from IPRT on Justice Minister Dermot Ahern to take responsibility for overcrowding.

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