24th November 2020
The seventh report on places of detention in Ireland from the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Degrading Treatment (CPT) was published today. A summary of critical issues detailed in the report is included below.
The report itself is available here. IPRT's statement in response to the report is available here.
The CPT delegation visited Arbour Hill Prison, Cloverhill Prison, Cork Prison, Midlands Prison and Mountjoy Prison (with the visit to Mountjoy including a targeted visit to the Challenging Behaviour Unit and High Support Unit and to persons on restricted regimes). The latter four prisons were subject to particular criticism (paragraph numbers are given in brackets).
Among other issues, the Committee found:
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.