Prisons



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

Prison schools to reopen next week

Prison schools are set to reopen next week under the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in prisons.

Published 12 April 2021

Government taskforce to examine mental health and addiction needs of prisoners

A new government taskforce has been established to look at the mental health and addiction needs of prisoners both during and after their detention.

Published 6 April 2021

MPs ‘shocked and appalled’ by treatment of children at privately run detention centre

Members of the House of Commons Justice Committee are “shocked and appalled” by the treatment of children at a privately run detention centre in Northamptonshire, they said in a report published today.

Published 29 March 2021

Progress made on £108m redevelopment of Magilligan Prison in spite of Covid-19

The £108 million redevelopment of Magilligan Prison has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic but progress has still been made, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 5 March 2021

Dr Mary Rogan appointed president of International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation

Irish prison law expert Dr Mary Rogan has been appointed as president of the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation (IPPF).

Published 3 March 2021

IPRT calls for investigation into Facebook group for prison officers

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has called for a further investigation into a Facebook group for prison officers which allegedly includes racist and anti-Traveller material.

Published 1 March 2021

IPRT to recommence seminar series with focus on Prison Rules

An online seminar on the Prison Rules is set to restart the Irish Penal Reform Trust's (IPRT) prison law seminar series for 2021.

Published 22 February 2021

Long-delayed review into support for vulnerable prisoners to be completed by summer

A long-delayed review into the care of vulnerable people in Northern Ireland's prisons is reportedly on track to be completed this summer.

Published 1 February 2021

Progress in Irish prisons at risk of being reversed

The positive changes rapidly made in Ireland's prison service during the Covid-19 pandemic are at risk of being reversed, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has warned.

Published 26 January 2021

Ireland to ratify OPCAT by 2023 under prisons inspectorate strategy

Plans to allow Ireland to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) by 2023 form part of the prison inspectorate's first-ever strategic plan.

Published 13 January 2021

Small number of virtual prison visits to take place on Christmas

A small number of virtual prison visits will take place on Christmas Day this year, the Northern Ireland Prison Service has announced.

Published 24 December 2020

Physical visits to Irish prisons to be suspended before Christmas

Physical visits to Irish prisons will be suspended from midnight tomorrow under the latest Covid-19 restrictions.

Published 23 December 2020

Court of Appeal: Prison Service’s calculation of remission time correct

The Court of Appeal has rejected a man’s argument that he was imprisoned for 24 hours longer than permitted.

Published 15 December 2020

Christmas home leave for prisoners 'paused' due to Covid

No prisoners will benefit from temporary release for Christmas this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Justice Minister Naomi Long has announced.

Published 11 December 2020