Irish Penal Reform Trust

Parole Reform

The main purpose of parole is to increase community safety. Parole does this by providing structured, supported and supervised transition of prisoners serving long sentences (8+ years) from prison back into the community.

IPRT believes that the early prison release system in Ireland should be coherent, transparent and fair. We have long campaigned for the establishment of a statutory parole system, which is fully independent of political control. This would help to achieve clarity in the law and support a proper balance between the protection of the public and the rights of sentenced persons to a fair and balanced system of release.

Parole legislation is passed through both Houses of the Oireachtas

11th July 2019

The Parole Bill 2016, when signed and enacted, will place the Parole Board on an independent statutory footing, with the power to make final decisions on the release of eligible prisoners.

Parole Reform and the Parole Bill 2016

17th June 2019

IPRT makes recommendations on how the Prole Bill 2016 could be strengthened to achieve its goals of clarity, transparency and fairness.

Round Up: Parole in the media

11th June 2019

Read about IPRT’s recent media engagements on the reform of the parole process.

Parole legislation must be progressed with urgency to ensure clear, transparent and fair system for everyone

5th June 2019

ADVISORY: IPRT welcomes the restated commitment of the Minister for Justice and Equality to progress legislation needed to reform the current parole system.

Parole and Temporary Release in Ireland: An overview

4th June 2019

Want to know more about how parole works? We have compiled a brief overview of the purpose of parole and temporary release, as well as some recent figures on the use of parole in Ireland.

UK: Increased temporary release of prisoners leads to reduced reoffending

31st May 2019

Results from a study published by the Ministry of Justice suggest that increased use of release on temporary license before release from prison is associated with reduced offending on release.

Parole Board Annual Report 2017

4th October 2018

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has published the Parole Board Annual Report for 2017.

IPS Examination of the Sentence Management of people serving Life Sentences

8th May 2018

A report examining the sentence management of life-sentenced prisoners has been published by the Irish Prison Service.

IPRT Submission on Parole Bill 2016

10th April 2018

In February 2018, IPRT made a submission on the Parole Bill 2016, in conjunction with Dr Diarmuid Griffin

Parole Board Report: Prisoners with mental health issues denied TR because 'essential community supports were not available'

1st November 2016

In its 2015 Annual Report, the Parole Board has highlighted the case of three life sentence prisoners who were recommended for temporary release, but denied the move because of a lack of suitable services in the community to support their mental health needs.

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