28th March 2022
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD has published Justice Plan 2022, outlining 159 actions to continue building a justice system that works for everyone.
Justice Plan 2022 is the second in a series of annual plans introduced by the Minister and builds on the work outlined in Justice Plan 2021. (See IPRT’s review of Justice Plan 2021 and the Mid-Year Progress Report on Justice Plan 2021.)
Among the 159 actions in Justice Plan 2022 are several actions relating to penal reform. These include:
The Plan also sets out an action to bring forward proposals to make changes to the law in relation to life sentences (Q2). In media discussions, Minister McEntee has stated that this will involve the exploration of the sentencing judge setting out a minimum period a person being sentenced to life must serve before they can engage with the Parole Board. IPRT will follow these proposals closely.
The Plan also sets out an action to further advance a project to develop a statutory basis for the Irish Prison Service, and the introduction to the Actions identified under Goal 3 of the Plan also states that the Department “will work with the Irish Prison Service to ensure the implementation of a new complaints system.”
Read the Justice Plan 2022 in full here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.