Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Publications

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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Alternatives to Custody in Ireland Report

15th June 2006

Alternatives to Custody in Ireland is a report by Dr. Mairead Seymour, commissioned by Business in the Community Ireland and produced in partnership with IPRT.

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Immigration-related detention in Ireland

30th November 2005

A research report by Mark Kelly of Human Rights Consultants for the Irish Refugee Council, Irish Penal Reform Trust and Immigrant Council of Ireland.

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Inspecting Private Prisons

24th August 2005

An evidence-based critique of the Prison Inspector's call to introduce private prisons in Ireland. (2005)

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Sentencing in the District Courts, 2003

7th January 2005

In June 2003, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) undertook a research study on patterns of sentencing in the Dublin District Court.

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Irish Penal Reform Trust Annual Report 2003-04

22nd April 2004

The IPRT's 2003-04 Annual Report was published at our Annual General Meeting on April 22, 2004.

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The Dublin Declaration on HIV/AIDS in Prisons

23rd February 2004

This Declaration from 2004 provides a framework for mounting an effective response to HIV/AIDS in the prisons of Europe and Central Asia. The Principles and Articles are based upon recognised international best practice, scientific evidence, and the fundamental human rights of people in prison and the obligations of States to fulfil those rights.

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"To Be, or not to Be, in observation cells?"

10th September 2003

A discussion paper on the introduction of observation cells to the Irish prison system for mentally ill and suicidal prisoners. By Dr. Valerie Bresnihan

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A Call for Action: HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in Irish Prisons

25th July 2002

HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in Irish Prisons - A Call for Action is a joint report of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and Merchants Quay Ireland. Based upon the findings of Irish and international research, it outlines twenty-one recommendations towards implementing a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in prisons.

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