Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

Irish Times: Mountjoy overcrowding highlighted

24th September 2009

IPRT calls for the Minister to commit to action following the Mountjoy Prison Inspection Report, Jason Michael reports in 'The Irish Times'.

RTÉ Drivetime: Mountjoy Prison Report an "incredibly grim picture"

24th September 2009

Liam Herrick talks to Mary Wilson on RTÉ's Drivetime about the "incredibly grim picture" contained in the findings of the Inspector of Prisons' report on Mountjoy Prison.

Government challenged to sign rights protocol

22nd September 2009

In an open letter published in the national papers today, the Government is urged to sign the new optional protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Irish Independent, Comment: "Planning for the future failure of social policies."

21st September 2009

"Essentially, planning to build more prisons is planning for the future failure of social policies," writes Liam Herrick in today's Irish Independent.

4FM: Building more prison spaces will not solve the problem

21st September 2009

Liam Herrick talks to David Harvey on 4FM's 'Lunchtime on 4' about the fallacy of building new prison spaces when such chronic conditions exist in our current prisons.

Today FM, The Last Word: Overcrowding could lead to serious injury or loss of life

18th August 2009

Liam Herrick talked on Today FM's 'The Last Word' on the Inspector of Prisons report, which highlights how prisons overcrowding could lead to serious injury or loss of life.

RTÉ Drivetime: Increase in people sent to prison

17th August 2009

Liam Herrick, IPRT Executive Director, talked to RTÉ's Drivetime about the worrying trends revealed in the Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2008.

Irish Times: 'Jail population continues to rise'

14th August 2009

"Increasing the size and numbers in our prisons does not — and will not — reduce levels of crime. It merely serves to increase prisoner numbers."

Evening Echo: Young People and our Justice System

10th August 2009

In the first part of a six-day series on youth justice, 'Evening Echo' Security Correspondent Ann Murphy talked to IPRT on the issues surrounding detention of young people in Ireland.

Letter to the Editor, Irish Times: "McCarthy report reaction"

28th July 2009

One does not need a PhD in economics to foresee that cuts in resources to high-risk groups could well mean storing up much larger social and economic liabilities for future generations.

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