Prison overcrowding in danger of reaching 'unsustainable' levels

Overcrowding in Irish prisons will reach "unsustainable" levels if the courts continue to hand down short-term prison sentences instead of community alternatives, penal reform campaigners have said.

Published 16 June 2020

Prisoner numbers continue to rise in Ireland

Prisoner numbers continued to rise in Ireland last year, putting pressure on the penal system in areas including prisoner accommodation, the provision of services and the volume of prisoner escorts.

Published 15 June 2020

Support services for stressed prison officers to be reviewed

The measures in place to support prison officers in Northern Ireland who are experiencing work-related stress are set to be reviewed.

Published 15 June 2020

Prison service to submit COVID-19 guidance to WHO

Ireland's prison service is submitting guidance to the World Health Organisation (WHO) after avoiding a single confirmed case of COVID-19 among prisoners and staff.

Published 10 June 2020

Inspectors find improvements at Hydebank Wood and Ash House

Prison officers, health care and education staff have been commended for "remarkable progress" in improving performance and outcomes at Hydebank Wood Secure College and Ash House women’s prison.

Published 10 June 2020

Disabled prison officers have right to reasonable workplace accommodations

Disabled prison officers have a right to reasonable workplace accommodations to facilitate their work, judges have ruled.

Published 9 June 2020

Next government urged to set up Penal Policy Consultative Council

The next government has been urged to prioritise the establishment of a Penal Policy Consultative Council following the publication of new research on reoffending.

Published 28 May 2020

Research project to explore impact of familial imprisonment

A new research project on familial imprisonment has been awarded funding from the Irish Research Council (IRC).

Published 21 May 2020

Families of prisoners to be able to pay money through post offices for relatives

Families of prisoners will be able to pay small amounts of money to their relatives in the penal system at post office counters under a new system to be rolled out nationwide.

Published 11 May 2020

Prison healthcare workers to receive £1,300 pay boost

Prison healthcare workers are set to receive a £1,300 pay boost in recognition of their "vital work".

Published 4 May 2020

Prisoner numbers 'should be brought down faster' to protect rights

Prisoner numbers in Ireland should be brought down faster through measures including presumption of bail, increased use of non-custodial sanctions and early releases in order to protect prisoners' rights, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said.

Published 16 April 2020

Virtual prison visits rolled out in Northern Ireland

Virtual prison visits have been rolled out across Northern Ireland's prisons following the suspension of in-person visits during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 14 April 2020

University of Limerick appoints Patricia Gilheaney as adjunct law professor

University of Limerick School of Law has announced the appointment of Patricia Gilheaney as an adjunct professor.

Published 2 April 2020

Up to 200 prisoners to be temporarily released in response to coronavirus pandemic

Up to 200 prisoners in Northern Ireland will be temporarily released before the end of their sentence under plans to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Published 30 March 2020

Ireland 'ahead of curve' on prisoner numbers but must go further to tackle coronavirus

Ireland has been "ahead of the curve" on reducing prisoner numbers during the coronavirus pandemic but must go further, penal reform campaigners have warned.

Published 27 March 2020