Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Prison Law Paper: Accountability Structures and The Law Regulating Irish Prisons

29th June 2012

This publication seeks to raise awareness of prison law and prisoners’ rights jurisprudence amongst legal professionals, and to increase their research capacity in these areas. It is part of a series of papers, one of which examines the law on aspects of prison conditions; the other explores practical matters surrounding the taking of prison law cases.

The topic of this paper is ‘accountability structures and the law regulating Irish prisons’. It examines the aspects of the law regarding how decisions are made in prisons and the requirements for accountability for deaths and other serious incidents in custody.

Download Accountability Structures and The Law Regulating Irish Prisons here.

This publication is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of its Research Development Initiative. It is produced as part of a collaborative project between the Irish Penal Reform Trust and Dr. Mary Rogan BL of Dublin Institute of Technology called ‘Talking about Punishment: increasing understanding of prisoners’ rights and how those rights may be vindicated”.

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



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