23rd November 2017
The Annual Report for the Office of the Inspector of Prisons 2015/2016 is the first published since the passing of Judge Michael Reilly. The report gives an overview of some of the work done and reforms undertaken in the Irish Prison Service since Judge Reilly was appointed as the Inspector of Prisons in January 2008.
Following the death of Judge Reilly, Helen Casey was appointed to continue the work of the office on an interim basis as Acting Inspector of Prisons.
The report acknowledges many reforms and improvements made in the Irish Prison Service in recent years such as:
However, concerns were raised in the report about:
The report also details some individual prison inspections, deaths in custody and office resources.