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#Penal Reform

# penal-reform - 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.

# penal-reform - Sunday 16 October, 2016

Opinion: 'Prison does not cure prisoners. They do not effectively punish crime'

It is common knowledge that deaths from suicide and drug overdoses are common in Irish prisons, writes researcher Stephen Strauss-Walsh.

# penal-reform - Friday 19 December, 2014

Column: We continue to put children in adult prisons. It is utterly unacceptable.

Young people have the highest rates of reoffending, but they also have the greatest capacity for change – scientific evidence proves this.

# penal-reform - Saturday 11 October, 2014

Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set

The new human rights commissioner said she is concerned about serious gaps in prison complaints procedures.

# penal-reform - Friday 7 March, 2014

Women's prison population one third over capacity

Poor living conditions and substandard visiting conditions in state’s two female prisons.

# penal-reform - Saturday 9 November, 2013

End of an era: slopping out to officially end in Mountjoy this month

Twelve per cent of prisoners are currently forced to ‘slop out’ but the Prison Service says things are gradually changing.

# penal-reform - Monday 11 June, 2012

Shatter announces major redevelopment at Limerick Prison

Both the A and B wings will be replaced with a modern, 100-cell accommodation block.

# penal-reform - 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.

# penal-reform - Monday 30 May, 2011

The Daily Fix: Monday

Catch up on the day’s news, including: Zuma arrives in Libya for mediation; Prison Inspector criticises investigations into prisoner deaths; and what really happens when you don’t pay your TV licence…

Prisons' Inspector criticises procedures for investigating prisoner deaths

Judge Michael Reilly says that investigations into the deaths of prisoners do not meet the standards of international best practice and lack consistency across the country’s 14 prisons.

# penal-reform - Tuesday 11 January, 2011

Labour launch policy document on penal reform

Ireland’s current penal system is ineffective and leads to overcrowded prisons, argue Pat Rabbittee and Ivana Bacik.