Prisons



First prison inspections since Covid-19 warn of 'complacency'

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

Penal policy report to be published in the autumn

The initial findings of a government review of prison and penal policy will be published this autumn.

Published 3 August 2021

Opportunities to improve outcomes for children with a parent in prison 'being missed'

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

Parental contact to be allowed during prison visits

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

Physical visits to prison set to resume

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) has announced plans to resume physical visits to prisons.

Published 9 July 2021

Prison authorities urged to respect dignity of visitors in security screening

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

Solicitor complains after being told to remove bra to visit client in prison

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

Crumlin Road Gaol reopens to visitors after long closure

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

Care and justice campus to move forward following consultation

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

Prisons inspector warns complaints system is 'unfit for purpose' for third successive year

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

Significant Covid-19 outbreak at Mountjoy Prison

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

Anti-torture committee warns against impact of austerity measures on prisons

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

Savage appointed governor of Maghaberry Prison

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 to resume in less than two weeks

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 declining in Irish prisons but up among women and people on remand

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