2nd February 2018
The Irish Penal Reform Trust launched a major research study on the use of solitary confinement and restricted regimes in Ireland on Friday 2nd February 2018. 'Behind the Door': Solitary Confinement in the Irish Penal System was funded by an Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission grant scheme in 2016. The Executive Summary (incl recommendations) is available here.
This report contains 25 key recommendations centring on the use of solitary confinement and restricted regimes in Ireland. Our goal is ambitious but achievable – the abolition of solitary confinement in Ireland in the short term and the gradual elimination of the use of restricted regimes with the ultimate target of 12 hours out-of-cell time daily for all prisoners across the prison estate.
Some of the key recommendations arising from the report include:
The report was launched by the former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Professor Juan Méndez at the Hilton Kilmainham on Friday 2 February.
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