Round-up: Progress in the Penal System 2021
On Monday, IPRT launched Progress in the Penal System: The need for transparency (2021) (or 'PIPS 2021'), the fifth in a series of annual reports benchmarking progress in Ireland's penal system.
Since 2017, the PIPS project has set out a clear vision for the future of the penal system. From the outset, the overall purpose of PIPS has been to promote and assess progress across a broad range of issues in Ireland’s penal system. The reality is, however, that accessing data that relates to the various standards has often been challenging.
This edition of PIPS reflects on the past five years of monitoring the Irish penal system – the progress made, the areas where there has been little change, and the issues about which we still have a limited understanding due to a lack of data. PIPS 2021 strives to address the lack of and/or deficiencies in data for monitoring progress in the penal system by identifying specific areas of inadequate data and setting realistic data expectations.
Our external contributors at the event included: Sinéad Gibney, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC); Prof Ben Crewe, University of Cambridge (see Prof Crewe's presentation here); Caron McCaffrey, Director General of the Irish Prison Service; Mark Wilson, Director of the Probation Service; and Prof Ian O’Donnell, UCD.
If you missed the event, or if you just want a reminder of inputs, you can get everything you need – including a copy of the report and a recording of the event – on our website.