Irish Penal Reform Trust

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Know Your Rights: Your Rights as a Prisoner

25th February 2021

This booklet aims to help prisoners understand the rights they have while in prison. It is written in everyday language and is informative and easy to use.

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Progress in the Penal System: Assessing progress during a pandemic (2020)

26th January 2021

The fourth edition of Progress in the Penal System necessarily took a different approach than in previous years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Making Rights Real for People with Disabilities in Prison

15th January 2020

This report examines the rights and experiences of people with disabilities in Irish prisons. Through an international literature review, legislative analysis, stakeholder interviews, and interviews with prisoners and prison staff, it aims to shed light on a previously under-explored area.

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Progress in the Penal System: A framework for penal reform (2019)

28th November 2019

The third in a series of annual reports providing a comprehensive report on human rights and best practice in Ireland’s penal system.

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Care and Justice: Children and Young People in Care and Contact with the Criminal Justice System

26th February 2019

This report contains 12 recommendations on the need for reform in the area of children with care experience who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

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Statement of Principles on Legislation to Ratify the OPCAT

12th November 2018

This document outlines the minimum legislative requirements for any legislation intended to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

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Progress in the Penal System: A framework for penal reform (2018)

26th October 2018

The second a series of three annual reports providing a comprehensive report on human rights and best practice in Ireland’s penal system.

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'Behind the Door': Solitary Confinement in the Irish Penal System

2nd February 2018

This report contains 25 key recommendations centring on the use of solitary confinement and restricted regimes in Ireland.

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Progress in the Penal System: A framework for penal reform (2017)

24th October 2017

The 'PIPS' report is the first in a series of three annual reports providing a comprehensive report on human rights and best practice in Ireland’s penal system.

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Community Service in Ireland: A qualitative exploration of one alternative to short-term imprisonment

11th October 2017

This discussion paper is based on the qualitative findings of employment-based PhD research completed by Dr Kate O'Hara.

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

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