22nd August 2011
The number of female prisoners in Irish prisons has increased dramatically in recent years. Women offenders generally present a lower risk to society, yet high numbers are being sent to prison for non-violent offences. In addition, prison policies can often overlook the gender-specific health and welfare needs of female prisoners.
Ireland simply cannot afford the social and economic costs of sending increasing numbers of women to prison, when even a short period of imprisonment is demonstrated to have a profound negative impact on families and communities, particularly in breaking the relationship between mothers and their children.
This IPRT Briefing outlines the current provisions for female prisoners in Ireland, with eight clear recommendations for change, with particular emphasis on community-based alternatives.
Download the Briefing here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.