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#Irish Penal Reform Trust

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Saturday 22 May, 2021

A conviction for €4 worth of cannabis 'just defies logic', say campaigners
# Drugs
# Drugs

A conviction for €4 worth of cannabis 'just defies logic', say campaigners

May 22nd 2021, 8:00 PM 49,080 Views 0 Comments

Possession of any amount of cannabis is illegal under Irish law.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Tuesday 26 January, 2021

Covid-19 exposes 'unsafe' failures in prison service – report
# Report
# Report

Covid-19 exposes 'unsafe' failures in prison service – report

Jan 26th 2021, 3:12 PM 11,532 Views 13 Comments

Measures were introduced in Irish prisons last year to prevent the spread of the virus.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Friday 21 August, 2020

51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year
# Prisoners
# Prisoners

51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year

Aug 21st 2020, 6:15 AM 26,707 Views 36 Comments

The total figure is a decrease from 465 people in January 2014.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Prison visits to resume across two phases
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Prison visits to resume across two phases

Jun 23rd 2020, 10:58 PM 13,454 Views 33 Comments

The Irish Prison Service suspended visits in March because of the pandemic.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Thursday 5 March, 2020

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons

Mar 5th 2020, 6:30 AM 29,470 Views 49 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has said that overcrowded prisons make it harder to control the spread of the viruses.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Saturday 27 October, 2018

More than two-thirds of Irish prisoners on 'restricted' regime kept in cells for 21 hours a day, report finds
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

More than two-thirds of Irish prisoners on 'restricted' regime kept in cells for 21 hours a day, report finds

Oct 27th 2018, 4:22 PM 12,629 Views 51 Comments

A new report by the Irish Penal Reform Trust has raised concerns over Ireland’s increasing prison population.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Sunday 24 June, 2018

Calls for 'nuance' after judge suggests reform of the law around jailing elderly people
# Banged Up
# Banged Up

Calls for 'nuance' after judge suggests reform of the law around jailing elderly people

Jun 24th 2018, 7:45 AM 9,824 Views 27 Comments

A High Court judge called for the Irish Penal Reform Trust to take a look at the matter.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Friday 2 February, 2018

Report calls for an end to solitary confinement in Irish prisons
# Solitary Confinement
# Solitary Confinement

Report calls for an end to solitary confinement in Irish prisons

Feb 2nd 2018, 2:20 PM 9,118 Views 45 Comments

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

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Thursday 18 January, 2018

Up to 25% of Mountjoy Prison inmates being put in solitary confinement for their own protection
# Mountjoy Prison
# Mountjoy Prison

Up to 25% of Mountjoy Prison inmates being put in solitary confinement for their own protection

Jan 18th 2018, 10:14 AM 14,243 Views 67 Comments

120 inmates were put under a protection regime in October 2016.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Tuesday 24 October, 2017

Prisoners want to be able to use Skype to contact their families
# Visitation
# Visitation

Prisoners want to be able to use Skype to contact their families

Oct 24th 2017, 7:00 AM 9,945 Views 47 Comments

Overcrowding, nutrition, healthcare and access to mental health services remain as issues for prisons in Ireland.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Saturday 7 October, 2017

'It doesn't make sense to isolate people further': Is prison the best solution to crime in Ireland?
# Crime And Punishment
# Crime And Punishment

'It doesn't make sense to isolate people further': Is prison the best solution to crime in Ireland?

Oct 7th 2017, 6:30 AM 8,811 Views 79 Comments

The Law Society’s Human Rights Conference will hear suggestions today for improvements to the criminal justice system.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Sunday 1 October, 2017

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

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

Oct 1st 2017, 10:00 PM 34,247 Views 20 Comments

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

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Sunday 9 July, 2017

'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'
# Solitary Confinement
# Solitary Confinement

'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'

Jul 9th 2017, 7:00 AM 12,829 Views 33 Comments

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

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

'They think you are a poof and they prey on you'
# Lgbt In Prison
# Lgbt In Prison

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

Feb 2nd 2016, 10:55 AM 19,063 Views 82 Comments

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

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Sunday 25 May, 2014

'From scumbag to student': The power of prison education
# Cutbacks
# Cutbacks

'From scumbag to student': The power of prison education

May 25th 2014, 8:00 AM 18,304 Views 54 Comments

A former prisoner, who went from drug dealer to master’s student, has called for more funding for education in prisons. He admitted it will be “a hard sell”.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Monday 19 May, 2014

Prison body wants a dedicated strategy for Travellers leaving prisons
# Prison
# Prison

Prison body wants a dedicated strategy for Travellers leaving prisons

May 19th 2014, 6:46 PM 12,396 Views 57 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust wants ethnic monitoring in prison

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Penal Reform Trust to Prison Service: Prisoners deserve an apology along with lawyers
# Phone Recording
# Phone Recording

Penal Reform Trust to Prison Service: Prisoners deserve an apology along with lawyers

Apr 2nd 2014, 12:18 PM 3,729 Views 30 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust have also questioned how the issue of phone recording could remain hidden for four years.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Committee calls on government to reduce prisoner numbers by one-third
# Prison Reform
# Prison Reform

Committee calls on government to reduce prisoner numbers by one-third

Mar 27th 2013, 3:43 PM 5,580 Views 56 Comments

The committee also recommended that sentences of six months or less for non-violent crimes be replaced with community service orders.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Monday 19 November, 2012

Report asks for more supports for children with parents in prison
# Prison
# Prison

Report asks for more supports for children with parents in prison

Nov 19th 2012, 11:47 AM 3,466 Views 32 Comments

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

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

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

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

Oct 23rd 2012, 8:50 AM 3,348 Views 38 Comments

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

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Monday 30 April, 2012

Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison
# Prisons
# Prisons

Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison

Apr 30th 2012, 6:27 PM 3,282 Views 47 Comments

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

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Friday 27 April, 2012

Prison officer 'slashed across face and hands with razor blades'
# Prisons
# Prisons

Prison officer 'slashed across face and hands with razor blades'

Apr 27th 2012, 7:47 AM 4,519 Views 39 Comments

The Prison Officers Association is warning that overcrowding in prisons makes attacks on other prisoners and prison officers more likely.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Friday 20 April, 2012

Every prisoner death to come under independent investigation
# Prison Deaths
# Prison Deaths

Every prisoner death to come under independent investigation

Apr 20th 2012, 9:31 AM 1,435 Views 5 Comments

The inspector of prisons will investigate the death of every person in the custody of the Irish Prison Service.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Ombudsman welcomes decision to end detention of children in St Patrick’s
# Juvenile Offenders
# Juvenile Offenders

Ombudsman welcomes decision to end detention of children in St Patrick’s

Apr 3rd 2012, 9:15 AM 1,627 Views 3 Comments

The decision to end the long-standing practice of housing juvenile offenders in an adult prison has been welcomed.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Monday 2 April, 2012

Funding secured to end detention of children in adult prison
# Prisons
# Prisons

Funding secured to end detention of children in adult prison

Apr 2nd 2012, 4:15 PM 2,431 Views 20 Comments

The €50m funding will mean the end of housing underage offenders in St Patrick’s Institution, which is an adult prison.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Monday 12 March, 2012

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

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

Mar 12th 2012, 7:09 PM 1,789 Views 3 Comments

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’.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Monday 19 December, 2011

Guess how many people have been jailed for not paying fines this year?
# Fines
# Fines

Guess how many people have been jailed for not paying fines this year?

Dec 19th 2011, 5:34 PM 8,473 Views 39 Comments

New figures reveal the thousands of people who have been jailed this year in Ireland for non-payment of fines.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Monday 12 December, 2011

Column: Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime – no matter what ‘common sense’ says
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime – no matter what ‘common sense’ says

Dec 12th 2011, 7:30 AM 92 Views 54 Comments

Our prisons are bursting, and yet we continue to lock more people up. To keep communities safe we need a serious rethink, writes Liam Herrick.

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Monday 10 October, 2011

Government urged to address 'sub-standard' prison conditions
# Prison
# Prison

Government urged to address 'sub-standard' prison conditions

Oct 10th 2011, 8:58 PM 695 Views 23 Comments

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

# irish-penal-reform-trust - Monday 6 June, 2011

Deep concern expressed by UN at levels of overcrowding in Irish prisons
# UNCAT
# UNCAT

Deep concern expressed by UN at levels of overcrowding in Irish prisons

Jun 6th 2011, 4:13 PM 694 Views 21 Comments

United Nations Committee against Torture recommends that a mechanism should be astablished to facilitate criminal complaints. It also calls the practice of slopping out “inhumane”.