Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

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.

Irish Times: Solutions to overcrowding

26th September 2023

IPRT wrote a Letter to the Editor responding to the article “Prisoners sleeping on mattresses ‘wedged next to lavatories’ due to overcrowding” published the previous day. IPRT notes its concerns and proposes a solution-based approach that should be considered ahead of Budget 2024.

Irish Times: Sharp increase in short prison terms concerns penal reformers

17th August 2023

IPRT respond to recent data indicating that the number of short sentences being imposed by judges has increased. IPRT responded flagging what we know from successive research and reports that short prison sentences are less effective than community alternatives and break important protective links between people who offend and their communities and families. 

Journal.ie: Nearly 15,000 court summonses for failure to pay for a TV licence were issued last year

23rd July 2023

The Journal reports on the number of court summonses for failure to pay for a TV licence issued last year. Irish Prison Reform Trust (IPRT) has campaigned for many years to end the wasteful practice of imprisonment for fine payment defaults. Imprisonment for fines default represents a completely ineffective use of Garda, Courts and Irish Prison Service time and resources.

RTÉ: 61% of former prisoners had reoffended within three years - CSO

11th July 2023

IPRT responds to the most recent CSO data indicating that three in every five people released from prison reoffended within three years.

Independent: Kathleen Lynch - Women’s prisons are proof we haven’t learned enough from Magdalene laundries

27th May 2023

Opinion piece from Professor Kathleen Lynch in response to IPRT's report 'Progress in the Penal System - a framework for penal reform (2022)' which comments on overcrowding and lack of supports in women's prisons.

Virgin Media TV, Ireland AM: Prison overcrowding - IPRT

4th May 2023

IPRT featured on Virgin Media TV on the Ireland AM show to discuss the scale and implications of prison overcrowding and the impact this has on people in prison.

RTÉ: Irish Prison Service confirms overcrowding issues

25th April 2023

In a RTÉ News report on Sunday 23 April, the Irish Prison Service (IPS) confirms overcrowding crisis in prisons that IPRT have previously raised. The IPS states that prisons have reached capacity and are now overcrowded, following a temporary dip during the Covid-19 pandemic. IPRT calls on the Government to use prison as a last resort, not only for those serving shorter sentences but also for those held on remand or eligible, where appropriate, for early or temporary release.

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