30th November 2016
IPRT has secured funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to pursue an evidence-based research and awareness campaign towards the abolition of the use of solitary confinement in Ireland.
26th November 2016
The Board and staff of the Irish Penal Reform Trust were deeply saddened to hear today of the untimely passing of Ireland’s Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly.
18th November 2016
Alternatives to child detention, including community-based sanctions and community service orders are being underutilised, and children with parents in prison should have access to high-quality support services.
10th November 2016
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights launched a number of reports today in Bratislava, examining how EU Member States treat suspects and accused from other EU nations in accessing translators and necessary information in the vernacular, as well as nation-specific protocols for cross-border transfers within the EU. Ireland's tendency to rely on informal, ad hoc practice rather than formal, stated policy and procedure was a recurrent theme in the report.
1st November 2016
In its 2015 Annual Report, the Parole Board has highlighted the case of three life sentence prisoners who were recommended for temporary release, but denied the move because of a lack of suitable services in the community to support their mental health needs.