Prisons



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

Research into impact of minor convictions 'highlights need for expanded rehabilitation law'

New research into the experiences of people in Ireland with minor convictions highlights the need for an expanded rehabilitation law, penal reform campaigners have said.

Published 6 February 2019

Prison authorities cited GDPR when refusing prisoner welfare information to solicitor

Prison authorities cited the GDPR when refusing to tell a solicitor why his client had been placed in a special observation cell, The Irish Times reports.

Published 1 February 2019

Rev Dr Lesley Caroll named new prisoner ombusdman

Rev Dr Lesley Carroll has been named as the new prisoner ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

Published 1 February 2019

Irish experts on parental imprisonment praise English prison's photo booth initiative

Irish experts on the impact of parental imprisonment on children have encouraged Irish authorities to follow the example of an English prison which installed a photo booth for prisoners and visitors.

Published 21 January 2019

Wales has highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe

Wales has the highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe, according to research by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre.

Published 17 January 2019

Cancellation of Dublin 'super-prison' plans welcomed by penal reform campaigners

Penal reform campaigners have welcomed reports that plans for a 2,200-person "super-prison" in north Dublin have been abandoned.

Published 14 January 2019