Irish Penal Reform Trust

Report Launch: Older People in Prison

30th September 2016

"In here, time stands still": The Rights, Needs and Experiences of Older People in Prison in Ireland.

Older People in Prison coverOn 30th September 2016, the eve of U.N. International Day of Older Persons, IPRT will launch a new report on the rights, needs and experiences of older people in prison.

The launch takes place on Friday 30th September 2016 in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 from 11.00-13.00.

Speakers will include: Senator David Norris, who will launch the report; Joanna Joyce, co-author of the report; Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications, Age Action Ireland; and Patrick Gageby SC, who will examine the issues from a legal perspective.

[Photo credit: Ron Levine]

Background of the report:

The number of older people in Irish prisons has increased considerably in recent years and this group now represents a substantial minority within the Irish prison system. Latest figures indicate that almost 10% of people in prison custody today are over the age of 50 (Irish Prison Service, 2015).

Older people in prison are a particularly vulnerable group, and they face a wide range of issues which are different from those faced by the general prison population. The report examines these issues across six main themes:

  • physical and mental health needs
  • mobility and the physical environment
  • social care needs
  • bullying and victimisation
  • participation in prison programmes
  • release planning and resettlement

The report offers clear recommendations based on best practice examples and the recommendations of the research participants and professional stakeholders.

This report is based on research commissioned by IPRT and conducted by Joanna Joyce and Dr Tina Maschi.

Event details:


Register for the event here or contact Lorraine Whitty on 01-8741400 or 

IPRT is very grateful to the St Stephen's Green Trust for generously supporting this research.

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