27th April 2022
The Irish Penal Reform Trust launched an independently commissioned exploratory research study on the rights and experiences of foreign national and minority ethnic groups in the Irish penal system on Thursday 27 April 2022. "Sometimes I'm missing the words": The rights, needs and experiences of foreign national and minority ethnic groups in the Irish penal system was supported by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) under the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2020-2021.
Very little information exists on the needs and lived experiences of minority ethnic and foreign national people in prisons and on probation in Ireland. This report aimed to bridge that gap and consider these needs and experiences within the context of relevant policy and law. The report was commissioned by IPRT from the Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology.
The need for reform is outlined in 18 recommendations made in the report.
Findings from the research include:
Read the report in full here, or download it below.
This project is supported by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, under the Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2020.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.