5th January 2004
Announcement proof of " Government's playing 'hide and seek'" with their true agenda, says Penal Reform Trust
7th December 2003
In a letter to the Editor published in today's Sunday Times, IPRT Executive Director Rick Lines criticises Fine Gael's support of mandatory minimum sentencing.
11th November 2003
Proposals show willingness "to sacrifice sensible long-term planning to the needs of short-term politicking."
23rd October 2003
Report "shatters the myth that 'private' is necessarily more efficient than 'public'" says Penal Reform Trust
13th October 2003
"International evidence shows that overall these schemes have failed to deliver on the promise of more cost effective and efficient prisons." - Rick Lines, IPRT Executive Director
24th September 2003
Plans to privatise Irish prisons have come under sharp attack today by a group of Ireland's leading experts in criminology, penology, law and human rights. In an open letter to Minister Michael McDowell released this morning, the group condemns prison privatisation as "a foul notion that strikes at the very heart of the type of society we wish to build for ourselves and our children" and urges the Minister to publicly state his opposition to the plan.