26th January 2021
On 26 January 2021, IPRT launched Progress in the Penal System 2020 (or 'PIPS 2020'), the fourth in a series of annual reports benchmarking progress in Ireland's penal system. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of progress within the last 12 months in meeting human rights in the Irish penal system.
Since 2017, the PIPS project has set out a clear vision for the future of the penal system. PIPS 2020 takes a different approach to previous years due to the impact of COVID-19. PIPS 2020 seeks to capture the positive reforms that have been implemented in response to the pandemic, reflect on how these reforms were achieved, and outline the longer-term benefits to wider society so that these progressive reforms will be retained into the future.
While we remain dedicated to achieving the 35 standards laid out in PIPS 2017-2019, it is not possible to measure progress in the same way as previous years. In PIPS 2020, we focus on 12 standards across focus on four thematic areas: penal policy; prison conditions and regimes; prison health and mental health; and accountability.
Of the 12 standards assessed in PIPS 2020:
The report is available to download here. See pages 11 and 12 for an overview of the assessment of each standard. *An online version of the report is coming soon.*
The Progress in the Penal System project is kindly supported by a donor-advised family fund and the Community Foundation for Ireland.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.