Prisons



Irish Prison Service places governance at centre of new strategic plan

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) has set out its strategic plan for the next three years, with a strong focus on improvements to transparency and governance.

Published 20 September 2019

Life sentence prisoners serve average of 17-and-a-half years in custody

Life sentence prisoners in Ireland serve an average of 17-and-a-half years in custody, according to the latest figures from the Parole Board.

Published 12 September 2019

Criminal justice agencies to meet prison bosses over post-custody deaths

Northern Ireland's criminal justice agencies will today meet with the head of the NI Prison Service following a news report on the number of post-custody deaths in the past five years.

Published 10 September 2019

Professor Phil Scraton calls for independent inquiry into mental health services in Northern Ireland prisons

Prisons expert Professor Phil Scraton has called for an independent inquiry into mental health services in Northern Ireland prisons after an internal review was postponed again.

Published 3 September 2019

Most employers willing to hire ex-offenders if supported to do so

A majority of Irish employers would be willing to hire an ex-offender if they were provided with support to do so, according to new research by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority.

Published 2 September 2019

Dr Ian Marder and AnnMarie Maher: How would you cope as a child with a parent in prison?

Criminology lecturer Dr Ian Marder and postgraduate student AnnMarie Maher of Maynooth University Department of Law consider the needs of children of imprisoned parents.

Published 27 August 2019

England: Prison installs stairlift as ageing population prompts change

A prison has installed a stairlift for elderly inmates amid an increase in requests for walking frames, thermal underwear and wedge pillows, The Times reports.

Published 21 August 2019

Workplace Relations Commission: Female prison officer awarded €20,000 for gender discrimination

A female prison officer with 25 years' service with the Irish Prison Service has been awarded €20,000 in the Workplace Relations Commission after it was found that she had been discriminated against on the grounds of gender.

Published 14 August 2019

Johnson unveils controversial plans to overhaul sentencing, prisons and stop-and-search

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to "overhaul the criminal justice system" in England and Wales by reviewing sentencing policy, investing £2.5 billion in the construction of new prisons, and strengthening police stop-and-search powers.

Published 12 August 2019

High Court to hear legal challenge over conditions at Portlaoise Prison

The High Court will hear a judicial review over conditions at Portlaoise Prison next month.

Published 9 August 2019

Maghaberry Prison show garden wins National Trust gold award

A show garden created by prisoners in Maghaberry Prison has won a National Trust Gold Award.

Published 2 August 2019

Increase in women prisoners sparks calls for dedicated prison

New figures revealing that the number of women prisoners in Northern Ireland has reached a five-year high have sparked calls for the establishment of a dedicated women's prison.

Published 24 July 2019

Maghaberry republican prisoners launch lawsuit for library access

Republicans in Maghaberry Prison have launched a legal challenge for access to the prison library.

Published 24 July 2019

Prison inspections thwarted by inadequate resources

The Inspector of Prisons, Patricia Gilheaney, has warned that regular prison inspections are not taking place because of inadequate resources.

Published 19 June 2019

England: More prisoners to be offered day release for work and training

More prisoners in England and Wales will have the opportunity to access employment and training following an expansion of the release on temporary license (ROTL) scheme.

Published 28 May 2019