16th February 2018
One of the core objectives of IPRT’s advocacy work is to ensure that prison is used as a sanction of last resort. Even short periods of imprisonment can have long-term, damaging effects, including disruption to family life, loss of employment and access to services, and an increased risk of institutionalisation as a result of the prison environment.
Within this context, IPRT believes the promotion, and effective delivery of alternatives to custody, extended nationwide, should remain a key priority for the Probation Service in the period of 2018-2020. The Probation Service plays a vital role in reducing the prison population and providing individuals with opportunities to contribute to society in a meaningful way.
IPRT believes that the following should be the key priorities for the Probation Service Strategic Plan 2018-2020:
To read our full submission to inform the role and priorities of the Probation Service Strategic Plan 2018-2020, click here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.