Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Publications

IPRT Prison Law Paper: Taking Prison Law Cases - a Practical Approach

29th June 2012

This paper seeks to address some practical aspects of taking prison law cases such as the causes of action available, matters relating to evidence, the possible role of interested agencies, and the effect of the release or transfer of a prisoner on a claim.

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IPRT Prison Law Paper: Prison conditions under Irish law and the European Convention on Human Rights

29th June 2012

This is part of a series of papers, one of which examines accountability structures and the law regulating Irish prisons; the other explores practical matters surrounding the taking of prison law cases.

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Deaths in Prison Custody: Information for Families & Others Affected

29th June 2012

A booklet designed to provide some information about what may happen after a person dies in prison and what the law requires in these circumstances. It also includes details of organisations who can provide further information and/or assistance in dealing with this time of grief.

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

29th June 2012

This paper 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.

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Your Rights as a Prisoner | BOOKLET

30th March 2012

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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From Justice to Welfare: The Case for Investment in Prevention and Early Intervention

23rd September 2010

A report by Candy Murphy, commissioned by IPRT, Barnardos and IAYPIC, outlining the evidence in favour of shifting resources from the criminal justice system to a system which ensures social justice.

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“It’s like stepping on a landmine…” - Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland

24th May 2010

This report from IPRT assesses the current provision of reintegration services and support for prisoners before and after their release from prison, identifies key systemic failures, and makes 14 clear recommendations for necessary improvements.

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White Paper on Crime

14th April 2010

The current White Paper on crime: description of the process and IPRT submissions.

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The Whitaker Committee Report 20 Years On: Lessons Learned or Lessons Forgotten?

25th July 2007

A review of the findings of the 1985 Whitaker Committee Report in light of present-day debates on criminal justice and prisons in Ireland.

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IPRT Public Opinion Poll on Attitudes towards Prison

5th April 2007

A TNS/MRBI poll commissioned by the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) which interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults during January 2007 in order to gauge public opinion on a range of issues related to the prison system.

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



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