Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Position Papers

IPRT Position Paper 1: Thornton Hall

2nd June 2008

A Position Paper setting out IPRT's position on Thornton Hall.

IPRT Position Paper 11: Bail and Remand

11th November 2015

A Position Paper outlining the legal framework governing bail in Ireland, the rights of people detained on remand, and proposals for reform.

IPRT Position Paper 8: Community Sanctions

16th February 2010

A Position Paper which makes the case for an increased use of community-based sanctions in Ireland to replace the use of imprisonment, which is proven to be costly and ineffective.

IPRT Position Paper 5: Penal Policy with Imprisonment as a Last Resort

21st September 2009

A Position Paper setting out IPRT's vision for a penal system where imprisonment is used only as a last resort.

Shifting Focus: From Criminal Justice to Social Justice

14th September 2010

A Position Paper developed by IPRT, Barnardos and IAYPIC (now EPIC) which raises awareness of the interconnections between child policy, penal policy and wider social policy.

IPRT Position Paper 6: Planning the Future of Irish Prisons

22nd September 2009

A Position Paper setting out the main issues relating to planning for the future of the prison system including the size of the prison population.

IPRT Position Paper 2: Spent Convictions

20th November 2008

A Position Paper setting out IPRT's position on the proposal of a Spent Convictions Bill.

Shifting Focus: The Vicious Circle of Social Exclusion and Crime

2nd February 2012

An IPRT Position Paper, 'The Vicious Circle of Social Exclusion and Crime: Ireland’s Disproportionate Punishment of the Poor', focusing on the unequal approaches to criminal justice in Ireland.

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 Position Paper 7: Complaints, Monitoring and Inspection in Prisons

5th November 2009

A Position Paper setting out the main issues relating to the monitoring and inspection of places of detention, and the need for independent external mechanisms for review of prisoners' complaints.

IPRT Position Paper 4: Human Rights in Prison

20th September 2009

A position paper outlining IPRT's core principle that human rights must be respected within the penal system.

IPRT Position Paper 10: Women in the Criminal Justice System

5th December 2013

Towards a non-custodial approach

IPRT Position Paper 3: Mandatory Sentencing

22nd February 2017

A Position Paper setting out IPRT's position on mandatory and presumptive sentencing.

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

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