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.

IPRT Briefing: Parole and Temporary Release of prisoners serving long sentences

5th October 2016

A short briefing outlining IPRT recommendations for reform of the current parole system.

The Irish Times: Life Sentences and Parole Reform

6th September 2016

Read IPRT's latest comments in the media on sentencing for murder along with new information concerning the parole process.

Parole Bill 2016

21st June 2016

The Parole Board is to be given statutory footing in a new Private Member's Bill brought before the Dáil this month.

Irish Times: Life Sentence Prisoners and Parole Decisions in Ireland

10th February 2015

Writing in the Irish Times, Conor Lally reports on the sharp increase in life sentence prisoners in Irish prisons as well as highlighting the informal and politicised nature of Irish Parole Board determinations.

Parole decision-making should be removed from political control – IPRT

10th September 2014

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Ireland’s leading penal reform campaign organisation, has today called on the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mrs Frances Fitzgerald TD, to establish an independent Parole Board on a statutory basis, and remove decision-making around the release of life-sentenced prisoners from political control.

Roundup: Reactions to IPRT Reform Proposals on Remission, TR and Parole

24th October 2012

A roundup of media reactions to IPRT's proposals for reform of remission, temporary release and parole, launched Mon 22nd Oct 2012.

Prison Law Seminar: Parole Reform and the ECHR

23rd October 2012

On Monday October 22nd 2012, IPRT hosted our ninth Prison Law Seminar on the topic of Parole Reform and the ECHR.

IPRT Position Paper 9: Reform of Remission, Temporary Release and Parole

22nd October 2012

A Position Paper which outlines IPRT recommendations for reform of prisoner early release mechanisms.

IPRT calls for Parole Board reform

7th August 2012

The Parole Board should operate independent of government and on a statutory basis.

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



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