Prisons



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

Justice system being used as 'service of last resort' for people with mental health issues

Northern Ireland's justice system is increasingly being used as a service of last resort for people with mental health issues, according to a new report.

Published 14 May 2019

Prison service to review prisoners' access to books after 'book ban' controversy

The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) has announced a review of access to books within Northern Ireland prisons following a public controversy.

Published 3 May 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

High Court: Former law lecturer jailed for sex offences was not afforded fair procedures in prison disciplinary hearing

A former law lecturer who is serving ten years' imprisonment in Arbour Hill Prison for sexual offences has successfully argued that there was a want of fair procedures in a disciplinary hearing which resulted in his phone and visitation privileges being denied for 30 days.

Published 11 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

Prison service apologises to solicitor asked to remove Irish language lapel badge

The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) has apologised to a solicitor who was asked to remove a lapel badge for Irish language speakers before entering Maghaberry Prison.

Published 5 April 2019

Irish prisoner population growth bucks European trend

The Irish prison population grew by nearly two percent between 2016 and 2018 while the overall imprisonment rate in Europe fell by nearly seven per cent, new figures reveal.

Published 3 April 2019

#InPictures: TEDxMountjoyPrison event tackles offender rehabilitation

Around 100 people attend the first TEDx event in an Irish prison yesterday evening.

Published 3 April 2019

Prison officers to receive counter-radicalisation training

Prison officers are set to receive special training aimed at tackling radicalisation in Irish prisons.

Published 1 April 2019

First TEDx event in an Irish prison to focus on re-integration of ex-offenders

The first ever TEDx event in an Irish prison is set to take place tomorrow at Mountjoy Prison.

Published 1 April 2019

Teenager who hit Oberstown director with a metal bar jailed for four years

A teenager who hit the director of Oberstown Children's Detention Campus on the head with a metal bar and smashed up the centre has been jailed for four years.

Published 25 March 2019

Republican and loyalist prisoners in separated prison regimes 'should be offered same level of education'

Republican and loyalist paramilitary prisoners in separated regimes should be offered the same level of education and other constructive activities as those in the general prison population, a new report has said.

Published 20 March 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