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#iprt

# iprt - Friday 2 February, 2018

Report calls for an end to solitary confinement in Irish prisons

A new report from the IPRT it says it can have a severe negative effect on prisoners’ mental health.

# iprt - Sunday 1 October, 2017

'People we recruit from prison are on average more loyal, more honest and stay with us for longer'

The UK’s leading employer of people with convictions says there can be huge benefits in hiring ex-prisoners.

# iprt - Sunday 9 July, 2017

'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'

A change in prison rules looks at the “meaningful human contact” prisoners get when out of their cells.

# iprt - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

'They think you are a poof and they prey on you'

A new report documents the experiences of LGBT people in prison, an “invisible population”.

# iprt - Sunday 24 August, 2014

Community service: 'Cheaper than jail and makes society more safe'

Last year, there were 2,354 Community Service Orders made, with a total of just over 352,000 hours in lieu of a custodial sentence.

# iprt - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

The UN says Ireland's prisons are 'inhuman'

“Chronic” overcrowding, “poor” cell conditions and the “inhuman” practice of slopping out – the UN says our prisons really need to step up.

# iprt - Friday 11 April, 2014

Over 8,000 people were imprisoned for non-payment of fines last year

And legislation that will cut that number was passed yesterday.

# iprt - Monday 20 January, 2014

And President Higgins's new adviser is...

Drumroll, please.

# iprt - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Big increase in number of women being sent to jail

The number of women being sent to jail has increased by one third in the last three years, while the number of men being imprisoned has levelled off.

# iprt - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Irish prison system 'over-reliant' on prolonged solitary confinement

The Irish Penal Reform Trust said today that extended periods of isolation can cause harm to prisoners’ mental health and make rehabilitation impossible.

# iprt - Thursday 4 July, 2013

Moving inmates from St Pat's to adult prison "won't make one iota of difference"

A prison officer in St Patrick’s says all the current problems in St Patrick’s Institution will just be recreated when the inmates move to Wheatfield Prison.

# iprt - Friday 1 February, 2013

Here's how 7,500 people went to jail for not paying fines in 2012

An average of 20 people a day were jailed for non-payment of fines last year – despite moves to reduce the figures.

# iprt - Monday 19 November, 2012

Report asks for more supports for children with parents in prison

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has made a number of recommendations about the rights and needs of families of prisoners.

# iprt - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Call for reforms to ensure "fair and transparent" early release of prisoners

The IPRT recommends that a single ‘Early Release Act’ should be enacted to overhaul the current systems of remission, temporary release and parole.

# iprt - Saturday 21 July, 2012

25 people a day are being jailed for not paying fines

The high number of people being jailed for non-payment has been described as “expensive and pointless”.

# iprt - Monday 30 April, 2012

Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison

However, the number of prison staff has actually fallen over the last five years.

# iprt - Monday 12 March, 2012

Inspector's report finds Limerick Prison 'has made progress'

A report by the Inspector of Prisons earlier this year had found that Limerick Prison was not fit for purpose and needed a ‘regime change’.

# iprt - Monday 10 October, 2011

Government urged to address 'sub-standard' prison conditions

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has also asked the government to commit to a timeframe in bringing prison conditions in line with international standards.