30th June 2020
The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has made a submission to the Department of Justice on its Draft Youth Justice Strategy 2020-2026 as part of the public consultation on the development of the strategy. We believe the Strategy presents an opportunity to create a vision and pathway for a world-leading youth justice system in Ireland.
IPRT welcomes many aspects of the Draft Strategy, in particular: proposals to extend supports for young adults; expansion of the Bail Supervision Scheme to include children in care; and placing a positive statutory duty on State agencies to work together.
Adopting an evidence-informed approach, IPRT outlines four key areas of youth justice that should be reinforced or inserted into the Draft Strategy. These include:
As well as these four key areas, this submission outlines more detailed IPRT positions under the three ‘Thematic Objectives’ outlined in the Draft Strategy. As well as a series of recommendations on policy and comments on the Indicative Schedule of areas for amendment in the Children Act 2001, the submission points to progressive and effective models internationally, which could be adapted and implemented in an Irish context to create better outcomes for children in contact with the justice system, their families, and their communities.
Read IPRT's full submission to the Department of Justice on the Draft Youth Justice Strategy 2020-2026 here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.