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.
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.
17th June 2019
IPRT makes recommendations on how the Prole Bill 2016 could be strengthened to achieve its goals of clarity, transparency and fairness.
11th June 2019
Read about IPRT’s recent media engagements on the reform of the parole process.
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.
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.
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.
4th October 2018
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has published the Parole Board Annual Report for 2017.
8th May 2018
A report examining the sentence management of life-sentenced prisoners has been published by the Irish Prison Service.
10th April 2018
In February 2018, IPRT made a submission on the Parole Bill 2016, in conjunction with Dr Diarmuid Griffin
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.