Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

The Irish Examiner: UN body told of failings in the oversight of Irish prisons

21st July 2017

An article by Cormac O’Keeffe in The Irish Examiner on how the United Nations Committee against Torture (UNCAT) has been told of failings in oversight, in the investigation of complaints, of ill treatment and of concerns about prison healthcare in Irish prisons.

The Irish Times: '421 people committed to prison in 2016 on immigration-related issues'

20th July 2017

Article by Kitty Holland on holding immigration detainees alongside sentenced prisoners.

Irish Legal News: Penal reform group welcomes recommendations on drug decriminalisation and spent convictions

18th July 2017

IPRT has welcomed the National Drugs Strategy’s recommendation that the Government consider decriminalisation of minor drug possession and review spent convictions legislation.

The Irish Times: Judge calls for law on parents of young offenders to be abolished

10th July 2017

Article on how encouraging the engagement of parents is generally more effective than criminalisation, in terms of parental supervision orders. Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact

9th July 2017

A recent amendment to prison rules looks at the “meaningful human contact” prisoners get when out of their cells.

Round-up: IPS Annual Report 2016

17th May 2017

Read IPRT's comments in the media on the release of the Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2016, and the reduction in prison committals.

Irish Independent: Inside a Women's Prison

14th May 2017

Article on imprisonment of women in Ireland by Cathal McMahon.

Round-Up: Closure of St. Patrick’s Institution & Ministerial Order ending the sentencing of children to adult prison in Ireland

10th April 2017

Read IPRT’s statements and comments on the closure of St. Patrick’s Institution & the Ministerial Order ending the sentencing of children to adult prison in Ireland.

The Irish Times: Grim chapter in criminal justice ends as St Patrick’s closes

7th April 2017

On Friday 7th April 2017, Minister for Justice and Equality, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD closed St. Patrick’s Institution. Child offenders will no longer be detained in adult prisons

29th March 2017

On Tuesday 28th March 2017, Cabinet agreed to end the sentencing of children to adult prisons.

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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