3rd April 2020
This Expert Report was written by Professor Richard Coker and commissioned by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prison Reform Trust. It sets out the most up-to-date evidence concerning the nature, spread and transmission of COVID-19 as it applies to prisons.
27th March 2020
The Irish Prison Service has published information on its response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 risk on its website, including the suspension of family visits.
23rd March 2020
The WHO has published an interim guidance document on preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention. The document aims to assist countries in developing plans in response to the international Covid-19 outbreak.
18th March 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic may have serious implications for prisoners’ health and human rights. The PRI briefing summarises how prisons around the world have been dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak to date, and issues recommendations on how those responses could be improved.
15th March 2020
COVID-19 is an unprecedented national public health situation for our communities and all society. This includes the 4,200 men and women currently detained in Irish prisons, the 3,300 people who work in our prisons, and the families of both prisoners and staff on the outside.
5th March 2020
IPRT has been monitoring the recent extension in Scotland of the Presumption Against Short Sentences (or PASS) from sentences of less than three months to 12 months, and its impact on reducing the use of short sentences. The extended presumption came into effect on 4th July 2019.
3rd March 2020
The findings of an inquiry into knife crime by the Youth Select Committee has been published.
27th February 2020
A new report, entitled Locked out? Prisoners’ use of hospital care, has been published by the Nuffield Trust. This report examines the use of external hospital care by prisoners in England and Wales.