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IPRT in the News

The Cork News: Damning EU report criticises Cork Prison

11th February 2011

The Cork News focuses on the conditions in Cork Prison which were published in the CPT report.

Irish Independent: Ireland 'shamed' by prison report

10th February 2011

An article in the 'Irish Independent' highlights the state of prison conditions in Ireland, showing that prison reform is urgently needed.

Sunshine FM: Dublin's Talking interviews Liam Herrick on the CPT report

10th February 2011

Executive Director, Liam Herrick talks to Dublin's Talking presenter Lynsey Dolan about the results from the CPT report.

Irish Times: 'Ombudsman calls for St Patrick's detention centre to be closed'

10th February 2011

'The Irish Times' reports on the Ombudsman for Children's report on St.Patrick's Institution which gives accounts of young people's experiences of the prison.

RTÉ: Irish prisons 'degrading and dangerous'

10th February 2011

Europe's leading human rights organisation has found evidence of degrading, dangerous and hazardous conditions in many Irish prisons, reports RTÉ.

Sunday Mirror: Ireland lagging on jail privacy

6th February 2011

In the Sunday Mirror, Samuel Hamilton reports on new figures which reveal that almost half of the men held in Irish prisons must use the toilet in front of other prisoners.

Irish Examiner: '7,000 jailed over fines despite new laws'

3rd February 2011

Writing in the 'Irish Examiner', Jennifer Hough reports that 6,681 people were jailed last year for non-payment of court fines, despite the Fines Act 2010 - legislation which provides alternatives to imprisonment - being signed into law eight months ago. The article reports on IPRT's concerns at "soaring numbers" continuing to be jailed for failure to pay fines.

Irish Times: 'Penal reform fines legislation'

3rd February 2011

'The Irish Times' reports on IPRT's calls on an incoming government to commit to enacting legislation ensuring that the practice of imprisoning people for non-payment of fines is brought to an end, and to ensure the full operation of the Fines Act.

RTÉ 'Today with Pat Kenny': Child Law

14th January 2011

Marsha Levick of the Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, talks to RTÉ's Pat Kenny about her inspirational work challenging the treatment of children in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems across the United States.

Irish Times: U.S. juvenile justice programme has valuable lessons for Ireland

20th December 2010

In today's Irish Times, Marsha Levick and Ursula Kilkelly write on how strategic litigation combined with academic research has helped advance the rights of children.

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