Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

Journal.ie: ‘A long way from normal’: Families say visits to prison still restricted post-pandemic

29th November 2023

The Journal's Noteworthy initiative reports on their investigation of prison visits. 

RTÉ Radio One: News At One: Challenge of managing prison population has increased

29th November 2023

IPRT reacts to the Irish Prison Service Strategy 2023-2026 document released that day.

PILA: Ten Years after the Report on Penal Reform by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice – where are we now? - IPRT

29th November 2023

Dr Helen Kehoe, IPRT Legal and Public Affairs Manager, writes a guest piece for the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), reflecting on where we are ten years after the Report on Penal Reform by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice following the All-Party Oireachtas Group for Penal Reform event.

RTÉ: Why are guilty pleas in murder cases uncommon?

19th November 2023

IPRT joins the conversation on mandatory life sentencing.

Journal.ie: Prison Service releasing prisoners on temporary release in attempt to tackle overcrowding

7th November 2023

IPRT responds to the figures for temporary release and offers solutions on how to address prison overcrowding.

The Irish Times: ‘Mine were only babies when I went in’: How kids’ camp at prison helps parents stay connected to their children

3rd November 2023

IPRT comments on the difficulties for children of imprisoned parents in maintaining a relationship with their parents as she attended the kids camp event at Shelton Abbey open prison.

The Irish Times: Three quarters of those released from prison in 2018 not working three years later, CSO shows

2nd November 2023

In an Irish Times report, IPRT responds to the publication of the Central Statistics Office research ‘Circumstances of People Linked to Justice Sanctions’ covering the period of 2025-2021. IPRT welcomes the research focus on employment, notes the impact convictions may have on gaining employment, and puts forward practical steps to address this.

Irish Examiner: Letters to the Editor: It would be better to work towards keeping people out of prison

24th October 2023

In a Letter to the Editor responding to the news regarding the new Limerick Prison, IPRT Executive Director, Saoirse Brady, welcomes developments at Limerick Women's Prison but says diversion ought to be the priority

Law Society Gazette: IPRT highlights rise in number of women prisoners

20th October 2023

In response to the publication of the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service annual reports for 2022, IPRT called for the increased use of community-based alternatives to prison, and a reversal of plans to increase prison spaces.

Irish Legal News: Prison population up since 2013 report called for one-third reduction

19th October 2023

In an Irish Legal News article, it reports on an event on Wednesday 18 October 2023 where politicians marked the ten-year anniversary of the publication of the Report on Penal Reform of 2013 by the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality at an event in the AV room in Leinster House. 

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