Dear members and supporters,
I am pleased to be writing to you to share updates on the progress and successes of IPRT’s work, as well as some important sector updates.
We are now over 20 months into the pandemic, and are continuing to hear from IPRT members in prison that the ongoing restrictions have been increasingly tough to endure. Access to rehabilitative services and regimes in prison is not yet fully restored, despite the high uptake in vaccinations. Family members remain in constant contact, updating us on the immense impact of restrictions on family contact and physical visits, especially for children. Advocating for safe and proportionate unwinding in this area remains a core part of our work.
You might have spotted coverage in the news this morning of an important new report by the Mental Health Commission on ‘Access to Mental Health Services for People in the Criminal Justice System’. The report, which makes for stark reading, has just been published and makes a clear call for action by Government. We issued a response this morning and will continue analysing the report today.
Following another period of policy submissions and events, the IPRT team is busy finalising our Access to Rights and Justice project for launch in early 2022, preparing for the return of key legislation to the Oireachtas, doing preparatory work before kicking off a cross-border justice project in January 2022, and a project on the sentencing of women. You can look forward to updates in these areas from us soon!
As always, feel free to get in touch with any feedback or comments on our work. The best way to get real-time updates on our work is to join us on social media.
All the best,