30th December 2004
The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today criticised the announcement that mandatory drug testing of prisoners will begin early in the new year, citing international evidence that MDT programmes lead to increased heroin injecting among prisoners.
17th November 2004
A new report released tomorrow, entitled "Prison Needle Exchange: Lessons from a Comprehensive Review of International Evidence and Experience", provides the clearest evidence yet that these programmes are both safe and effective.
29th September 2004
The Irish Penal Reform Trust has criticised yesterday's speech by Minister Michael McDowell as yet another example of the "factual fuzziness" upon which he continues to base his prison policy.
3rd August 2004
Massive prison building plan shows PDs not immune to the allure of big-budget escapades, says IPRT
7th July 2004
The Irish Juvenile Justice Alliance has welcomed an announcement from the Department of Justice that provisions for imposing fixed penalties of up to €400 on children and young people charged with minor offences will not form part of the new Criminal Justice Bill.
6th July 2004
Irish Juvenile Justice Alliance calls upon Government to end gimmicks and fulfil its commitments under the Children Act, 2001
8th May 2004
Far from being a solution to our prison problems electronic tagging is a technology in search of a rationale, Rick Lines concludes in the Irish Times.