Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

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.

Round-up: Council of Europe 'SPACE I' Annual Penal Statistics in Europe for 2015

22nd March 2017

The Council of Europe have published their Report: SPACE I Annual Penal Statistics in Europe for 2015, containing a detailed breakdown of penological trends across Europe.

The Irish Examiner: Numbers being jailed at lowest since 2008

21st March 2017

An article in today's Irish Examiner by Cormac O'Keeffe on how the number of people being jailed has reached its lowest level since 2008.

Round-up: Ireland's examination under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

15th February 2017

IPRT made a submission in advance of CEDAW on issues facing women in the Irish criminal justice system, including: too many women are sent to prison for non-violent offences (including the non-payment of fines), the failure to provide gender-specific alternatives to prison, and the lack of open prison facilities for women.

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