Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

RTÉ: Why are guilty pleas in murder cases uncommon?

19th November 2023

IPRT joins the conversation on mandatory life sentencing.

Journal.ie: Prison Service releasing prisoners on temporary release in attempt to tackle overcrowding

7th November 2023

IPRT responds to the figures for temporary release and offers solutions on how to address prison overcrowding.

The Irish Times: ‘Mine were only babies when I went in’: How kids’ camp at prison helps parents stay connected to their children

3rd November 2023

IPRT comments on the difficulties for children of imprisoned parents in maintaining a relationship with their parents as she attended the kids camp event at Shelton Abbey open prison.

The Irish Times: Three quarters of those released from prison in 2018 not working three years later, CSO shows

2nd November 2023

In an Irish Times report, IPRT responds to the publication of the Central Statistics Office research ‘Circumstances of People Linked to Justice Sanctions’ covering the period of 2025-2021. IPRT welcomes the research focus on employment, notes the impact convictions may have on gaining employment, and puts forward practical steps to address this.

Irish Examiner: Letters to the Editor: It would be better to work towards keeping people out of prison

24th October 2023

In a Letter to the Editor responding to the news regarding the new Limerick Prison, IPRT Executive Director, Saoirse Brady, welcomes developments at Limerick Women's Prison but says diversion ought to be the priority

Law Society Gazette: IPRT highlights rise in number of women prisoners

20th October 2023

In response to the publication of the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service annual reports for 2022, IPRT called for the increased use of community-based alternatives to prison, and a reversal of plans to increase prison spaces.

Irish Legal News: Prison population up since 2013 report called for one-third reduction

19th October 2023

In an Irish Legal News article, it reports on an event on Wednesday 18 October 2023 where politicians marked the ten-year anniversary of the publication of the Report on Penal Reform of 2013 by the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality at an event in the AV room in Leinster House. 

The Law Society Gazette: Invest to cut prison overcrowding – IPRT

5th October 2023

The Law Society Gazette write about IPRT's calls for the Government to invest in alternatives to prison in Budget 2024.

Cork 96FM: Prison overcrowding

4th October 2023

IPRT Executive Director Saoirse Brady speaks on Cork's 96FM about the news of overcrowding in Cork prison and how it can be reduced.

Echo Live: Prisoner bed shortage: Concern about living conditions caused by prison overcrowding

3rd October 2023

IPRT responds to the news of 10 people sleeping on mattresses on the floor in Cork Prison. IPRT raises concerns that policies are not mirroring the current reality and put forward solutions that could be achieved through Budget 2024 and beyond.

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