22nd August 2022
Prison Visiting Committees (PVCs) can play a crucial role in ensuring that people in prison are treated appropriately and afforded their human rights. Given this, we welcomed the public consultation on PVCs, to examine their existing functions, powers, appointment procedures, and reporting processes. The public consultation and overall review mark a landmark opportunity for Ireland to address the current problems with how PVCs operate and – in conjunction with the recently published General Scheme of the Inspection of Places of Detention Bill and upcoming ratification of OPCAT – work towards becoming a leader of best practice in inspection and monitoring of prisons.
The IPRT submission to the review addressed the following key issues:
In total, the IPRT submission to the review makes eight overarching recommendations for reform.
Read the IPRT submission in full here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.