Irish Penal Reform Trust

Launch of Progress in the Penal System 2020: Making Progress in a Pandemic?

12th January 2021

We are excited to announce that we will virtually launch the fourth annual edition of Progress in the Penal System 2020 (PIPS 2020) on Tuesday 26th January 2021 from 4.30pm - 6.00pm.

Since 2017, the PIPS project has set out a clear vision for the future of the penal system. PIPS 2020, the first report in a new three-year cycle, takes a different approach to previous years due to the impact of COVID-19. PIPS 2020 seeks to capture the positive reforms that have been implemented in response to the pandemic, reflect on how these reforms were achieved, and outline the longer-term benefits to wider society so that these progressive reforms will be retained into the future. 

PIPS 2020 also examines the ongoing challenges of prison and penal reform during a time of pandemic, with focus on four thematic areas: penal policy; prison conditions and regimes; prison health and mental health; and accountability.

We are pleased to announce that Secretary General of the Department of Justice, Ms Oonagh McPhillips, will be keynote speaker at the event.

Other speakers and respondents on the day will include: Dr. Brie Williams, Professor of Medicine in the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Director of Amend at UCSF; and Ms Caron McCaffrey, Director General, Irish Prison Service. Michelle Martyn, IPRT's Policy & Research Manager and author of the report, will introduce the report findings.

Day & Time:      Tuesday 26th January 2021, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Location:            Virtual, via Zoom

Register:             To register to attend this event please click here or contact

The PIPS project is made possible through the continued support of our donor-advised family fund and the Community Foundation for Ireland.

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