Prisons



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

Government urged to ratify torture treaty following prisons report

The government has come under renewed pressure to ratify a UN treaty on torture following a critical report on conditions in Irish prisons, psychiatric facilities and social care homes.

Published 25 November 2020

Review of support services for stressed prison officers delayed

A review of support measures for prison officers suffering from work-related stress has been delayed by at least a month and a half.

Published 18 November 2020

Prison care and supervision units to be reviewed

Care and supervision units (CSUs) in Northern Ireland prisons are set to be reviewed following concerns about the length of time some prisoners have spent in them.

Published 12 November 2020

Suspected Covid-19 outbreaks in two Irish prisons

Two of Ireland's largest prisons are facing suspected outbreaks of Covid-19.

Published 9 November 2020

Andrew Desmond: Data Protection Commission finds prison security system in breach of GDPR

Andrew Desmond, associate at William Fry, examines a recent investigation by the Data Protection Commission (DPC).

Published 5 November 2020

Plans for new 'care and justice campus' for young people out for consultation

Plans for a new joint "care and justice campus" for children and young people, incorporating the existing Lakewood Regional Secure Care Centre and Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre, have gone out for consultation.

Published 22 October 2020

Oberstown workers threaten strike over mixed-gender unit

Staff at Oberstown Children's Detention Campus have threatened to strike over the placement of a young woman into a new mixed-gender unit.

Published 19 October 2020

Prison visits to be 'temporarily suspended' from Friday

Prison visits are set to be "temporarily suspended" in Northern Ireland from Friday evening following a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions.

Published 15 October 2020

Prison escort and court custody service switches to electric vehicles

The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) has replaced much of its vehicle fleet with electric vehicles, helping to reduce its vehicle maintenance costs by a half in three years.

Published 13 October 2020