Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Submission on General Scheme of the Bail Bill 2015

1st September 2015

IPRT made a submission to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality in response to a call for written submissions in relation to General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill 2015.

View the IPRT submission here.

Key recommendation:

  • The most effective way to improve compliance with bail conditions, particularly where the accused person has a chaotic life and complex personal challenges, lies in the provision of bail supports and services that allow the accused to remain within their community and address offending-related behaviour in a familiar environment.
  • Therefore, IPRT strongly recommends that the Bill include an evidence-based approach to provision for bail services and supports aimed at the prevention of offending on bail, ensuring appearance at court and reducing remands to custody to the essential minimum.

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



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