The first prison inspection reports published since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic have warned of a "sense of complacency" in the prison service, with increased restrictions at risk of becoming "the new norm".
Published 4 August 2021
The initial findings of a government review of prison and penal policy will be published this autumn.
Published 3 August 2021
A new report by the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has highlighted several gaps in policy and practice where the needs of children with a parent in prison are being overlooked.
Published 15 July 2021
The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) has announced that contact will be allowed between parents and children under 11 during prison visits from 19 July.
Published 12 July 2021
The Irish Prison Service (IPS) has announced plans to resume physical visits to prisons.
Published 9 July 2021
Prison authorities have been urged to ensure that security screening is conducted in a way that respects "the individual dignity of prisoners, prison staff and visitors to prison" following a complaint from a solicitor.
Published 8 July 2021
A solicitor has made a formal complaint after she was told to remove her bra before she was allowed to visit a client in Cloverhill Prison.
Published 6 July 2021
Northern Ireland's only remaining Victorian-era prison has reopened to visitors after a long period of closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Published 18 June 2021
Plans to establish a new joint "care and justice campus" for children and young people will go ahead after a consultation found broad support from the sector.
Published 17 June 2021
Ireland's prisons inspector has raised concerns about the delay in reforming the prisoner complaints system after warning it is "unfit for purpose" for the third successive year.
Published 14 June 2021
At least 19 prisoners and a number of staff at Mountjoy Prison have contracted Covid-19 in the biggest outbreak in the Irish prison system to date.
Published 11 May 2021
The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) today issued a set of minimum requirements for conditions of detention in European prisons, concerned by the negative effects of pre-existing austerity measures in certain states, which could be exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Published 6 May 2021
The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) has announced the appointment of David Savage as the new governor of Maghaberry Prison.
Published 4 May 2021
In-person prison visits are set to re-commence in Northern Ireland from Tuesday 4 May, though virtual visits remain the "preferred option".
Published 22 April 2021
Self-harm incidents in Irish prisons are declining but there are worrying increases in rates of self-harm among women and people on remand, new figures show.
Published 14 April 2021