9th September 2020
IPRT was invited by the Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response to make a submission on how the State’s legislative framework contributed to an effective response to the current crisis; how this compares to the use of statutory frameworks in other jurisdictions; how the legislative framework might be improved upon to deal with similar major events in the future and the constitutional/legal risks that should be considered in this context; and how well statutory Instruments/regulations, as opposed to guidelines and public health advice, were communicated to those who needed to be aware of them, the methods used and how this compares to the practice in other jurisdictions.
In our submission, we focused on the six key areas below as they relate to our work on penal reform, giving international examples of good practice for each where applicable.
The Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response met to consider the Legislative Framework underpinning the State's response to COVID-19 and the Human Rights and Civil Liberty Considerations on 9th September 2020. You can read the transcripts of the sessions, or watch them back here.
IPRT Submission to Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response is available in full here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.