Prisons



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

London women's prison to move transgender inmates to separate wing

Transgender inmates at a women's prison in London are set to be moved to the UK's first transgender prison unit later this week.

Published 4 March 2019

Law Society expands legal education programme in Irish prisons

The Law Society of Ireland has expanded an initiative that sees trainee solicitors teach prisoners about the law.

Published 19 February 2019

Young offenders help deliver kid goats at Hydebank

Young offenders helped deliver two kid goats at Hydebank Wood College as part of the facility's animal therapy initiative.

Published 18 February 2019

Bill to expand spent convictions regime approved by Senators at second stage

A draft bill to expand Ireland's spent convictions regime has passed the second stage in the Seanad with unanimous support.

Published 14 February 2019

England: Prison Service considering separate wings for trans prisoners

The Prison Service in England and Wales is considering plans to house transgender prisoners in separate prison wings, The Sunday Times reports.

Published 11 February 2019