8th November 2019
The Irish Penal Reform Trust launched their third instalment of Progress in the Penal System: A framework for penal reform (2019) on 25th October 2019 in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
[L-R: Kate Mitchell, Mental Health Reform; Dr Gurchand Singh, Department of Justice and Equality; Caron McCaffrey, Irish Prison Service; Seamus Taylor, Maynooth University; Fíona Ní Chinnéide, IPRT; Michelle Martyn, IPRT. Photo: Derek Speirs]
This report is the third in a series of annual reports providing a comprehensive report on human rights and best practice in Ireland’s penal system. IPRT has developed 35 standards against which the prevailing situation in Ireland’s penal system is independently tracked, monitored and assessed on an annual basis. The report covers wide-ranging areas of penal policy including prison conditions, regimes, and access to education and services. Of the 35 standards, this latest report reveals seven have progressed, six have regressed, ten are mixed, ten have not changed, and for two standards there are insufficient data. IPRT’s ‘spotlight issues’ for 2018/2019 were 1) access to healthcare 2) access to mental healthcare and 3) prisoner complaints mechanisms.
Read or download the report here
The launch was chaired by Seamus Taylor, Chair of the IPRT Board and Lecturer in Social Policy Studies in the Department of Applied Social Studies, NUI Maynooth. Speakers and panellists (in order of speaking) included:
Photos of the event are available here
This 3-year flagship project is kindly supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland.