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#Irish Penal Reform Trust

# 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

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

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

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

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

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?

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'

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'

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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'

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?

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

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

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

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”.

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