4th March 2022
IPRT welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Committee on Justice on the topic of ‘an examination of rehabilitative opportunities within the prison system’ and welcomes the Committee’s focus on this important issue.
The following key rehabilitative supports, services and resources are discussed in the submission:
The submission also goes on to explore post-release barriers and opportunities and obstacles to IPRT’s work in this area.
Ultimately, the submission makes 13 recommendations for change. Most of these recommendations are directed towards the Irish Prison Service or Department of Justice, but it is important to note that resourcing is key to the ability of the prison system to respond effectively to the challenges mentioned in this submission and provide meaningful rehabilitative opportunities within prison.
The submission to the Joint Committee on Justice is available to read in full here, or can be downloaded below.