Keeping COVID-19 out of prisons came at 'significant cost' to prisoners' mental health and wellbeing

Successful efforts to keep COVID-19 out of Irish prisons came at a "significant cost to the mental health and wellbeing of the people subject to special measures", a new report has found.

Published 30 July 2020

Physical prison visits to resume on phased basis next month

Physical prison visits will resume on a phased basis next month, nearly four months after their suspension during the COVID-19 crisis, the Irish Prison Service has announced.

Published 24 June 2020

Prison overcrowding in danger of reaching 'unsustainable' levels

Overcrowding in Irish prisons will reach "unsustainable" levels if the courts continue to hand down short-term prison sentences instead of community alternatives, penal reform campaigners have said.

Published 16 June 2020

Bail supervision scheme for young offenders extended to Cork and Limerick

A bail supervision scheme which offers an alternative to remand detention for young people charged with criminal offences has been extended to courts in Cork and Limerick.

Published 9 June 2020

Next government urged to set up Penal Policy Consultative Council

The next government has been urged to prioritise the establishment of a Penal Policy Consultative Council following the publication of new research on reoffending.

Published 28 May 2020

Plans to extend youth justice supports to under-24s welcomed

Plans to extend youth supports in the justice system to young adults aged up to 24 have been welcomed by penal reform campaigners.

Published 4 May 2020

Prisoner numbers 'should be brought down faster' to protect rights

Prisoner numbers in Ireland should be brought down faster through measures including presumption of bail, increased use of non-custodial sanctions and early releases in order to protect prisoners' rights, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said.

Published 16 April 2020

Ireland 'ahead of curve' on prisoner numbers but must go further to tackle coronavirus

Ireland has been "ahead of the curve" on reducing prisoner numbers during the coronavirus pandemic but must go further, penal reform campaigners have warned.

Published 27 March 2020

Disabled prisoners facing challenges in 'all areas of prison life', report warns

Disabled people in Irish prisons face challenges in "all areas of prison life" and have poor understanding of their own legal rights, according to new research published by the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT).

Published 15 January 2020

New report to examine rights for prisoners with disabilities

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) will tomorrow launch a new research report examining the experiences of prisoners with disabilities, and the difficulties they face navigating prison services.

Published 14 January 2020

Family support services in prisons would 'improve outcomes' for children with jailed parents

New family support services should be established in prisons and communities to improve outcomes for children with a parent in prison, researchers have said.

Published 20 December 2019

Seminar to hear calls for alternative approach to young offenders

Alternative sentencing and policy approaches are needed to reduce the offending rate among young adults, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said.

Published 22 November 2019

Prisoners waiting up to two years to be admitted to Central Mental Hospital

Prisoners are waiting up to two years to be admitted to the Central Mental Hospital after being assessed by psychiatrists as needing to be admitted, according to new figures.

Published 11 September 2019

Expanded spent convictions regime would 'reduce reoffending and improve outcomes'

An expanded spent convictions scheme in Ireland would help to reduce reoffending and improve socio-economic outcomes in working class communities, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

Published 10 July 2019

Decline in Community Return Programme numbers branded 'disappointing'

A decline in the number of offenders participating in the Community Return Programme has been branded "disappointing" by penal reform campaigners.

Published 19 June 2019