Irish Penal Reform Trust

International Links

Prison Policy, Justice and Human Rights

Penal Reform International 
A specialist organisation which addresses the rights of suspects, offenders and prisoners in the context of the broader criminal justice system intrnationally.

Howard League for Penal Reform
The oldest penal reform charity in the UK. It was established in 1866 and is named after John Howard, one of the first prison reformers.  The Howard League works for humane and rational reform of the penal system.

Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland 
An independent organisation and charity whose members seek improvements to the criminal justice system in Scotland.

Prison Reform Trust
UK organisation aimed at creating a just, humane and effective penal system by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff, and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, Government and officials towards reform.

International Centre for Prison Studies 
Based at King's College London, the ICPS seeks to assist governments and other relevant agencies to develop appropriate policies on prison and the use of imprisonment.

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment 
Under the authority of the Council of Europe, the CPT  visits places of detention to see how persons deprived of their liberty are treated and, if necessary, recommends improvements.

Association for the Prevention of Torture 
Works towards societies free of torture that protect the dignity of persons deprived of liberty.

UK organisation whose vision is a safer society where everyone belongs, human rights are respected and preventing crime means tackling social exclusion and re-integrating those who offend.

John Howard Society of Canada
Canadian NGO promoting effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

Vera Institute of Justice
Vera works to secure equal justice, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities across America. 

Justice Policy Institute
US non-profit research and a public policy organization dedicated to ending society's reliance on incarceration and promoting effective and just solutions to social problems.

Prison Policy Initiative
US-based non-profit producing research on the broader harm of mass criminalisation.

The Sentencing Project
US-based organisation which promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime. It is a nationally recognized source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information.

Children of Prisoners

Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE)
COPE is a Europe-wide initiative on behalf of children with an imprisoned parent.

National Information Centre on Children of Offenders (NICCO)
Providing services, resources and research to professionals to assist them in their work with offenders’ children and their families.

Juvenile Justice and Youth in Prison

Center on Juveniles and Criminal Justice 
US organisation providing direct service, technical assistance and policy research in the field of juvenile and criminal justice.

Juvenile Law Center
Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the US.

Women and Prison

Women in Prison  
UK organisation committed to campaigning to raise awareness of issues of women and incarceration and to reducing the number of women being sent to prison.

California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Raises public consciousness about the cruel and inhumane conditions under which women in prison live and advocates for positive changes. CCWP promotes the leadership of and give voice to women prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. 

HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction and Drug Use in Prisons

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction 
The EMCDDA it is the central source of comprehensive information on drugs and drug addiction in Europe. Its reports often include information on prisons.

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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