Irish Penal Reform Trust


The work of IPRT is led by a number of standards developed by international bodies, organisations and courts in relation to imprisonment and wider issues of the State’s penal policy. In particular, our work is based on the commitment to implement in Ireland a human rights-based approach to penal policy.

With this in mind, IPRT’s research, policy and awareness-raising campaigns are developed to support and monitor the implementation in the context of penal policy in Ireland of the United Nations and Council of Europe standards.

The IPRT is also committed to the promotion of best practice examples that have proved effective in other jurisdictions. To this end, we aim to provide a comprehensive library of good practices that can be accessed and used by practitioners, academics, prisoners, and anyone else interested in penal reform and penal policy. The Library is updated on a regular basis to take into account most recent developments in this area.

Border Criminologies: HMIP Detention Monitoring Methodology

12th November 2018

Border Criminologies (University of Oxford) has published a briefing paper outlining the methodology used by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, coordinating body of the UK NPM.

UK: Health and Social Care Committee publish report on health and care in prisons

1st November 2018

The Health and Social Care Committee has published a comprehensive report on health and care in prisons with a finding that the Government is failing in its duty of care to prisoners.

UK: Sentencers and sentenced: exploring knowledge, agency and sentencing women to prison

31st October 2018

The APPG on Women in the Penal System has published a report on its inquiry into the sentencing of women.

UK: Safety in Custody Statistics and Deaths of Offenders in the Community

25th October 2018

The Ministry of Justice has published reports on Safety in Custody Statistics and Deaths of Offenders in the Community for England and Wales.

UK: Social care in prisons in England and Wales

16th October 2018

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons (HMIP) and the Care Quality Commission (UK) have published a thematic report on Social Care in Prisons in England and Wales.

UK: Updates on the implementation of ‘Farmer Review’ recommendations

12th October 2018

An update on the implementation of recommendations from the ‘Farmer Review’ (2017) has been published on the NICCO website.

UK: PPO Annual Report 2017-2018

11th October 2018

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (England and Wales) has released its Annual Report 2017-2018

UK: Sentencing Young Adults

20th September 2018

The Howard League for Penal Reform has published research on the need for the development of formal sentencing principles for young adults.

UK: Bromley Briefings Summer 2018

24th July 2018

The Summer 2018 edition of the Prison Reform Trust's Bromley Briefings provides extensive facts and figures on a wide range of key areas within the UK prison system.

UK: Employment and benefits outcomes of prison education

16th July 2018

Using data from the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions, the Justice Data Lab have produced a report assessing the employment and benefits outcomes for offenders who received grants for distance learning in prison.

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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