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

Penal refomers voice concern over declining numbers in rehabilitation programme

Penal reform campaigners have voiced concern over a decline in the number of prisoners being admitted to a successful rehabilitation programme.

Published 29 April 2019

Penal reform group appoints Fíona Ní Chinnéide as executive director

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has announced the appointment of Fíona Ní Chinnéide as its new executive director.

Published 11 April 2019

Visiting committee reports spark calls for urgent action at Ireland's women's prisons

New reports revealing systemic and persistent issues at Ireland's two women's prisons - including overcrowding, staffing shortages and increasing fears of homelessness on release - have prompted calls for Government action.

Published 14 March 2019

Ireland must 'do better' for children in care who come into contact with justice system

Ireland must "do better" for the small minority of children in care who come into contact with the criminal justice system, according to new research on the link between care and justice.

Published 28 February 2019