Irish Penal Reform Trust


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Ebulletin #110

4th August 2021

We have plenty of updates on issues including: our most recent report launch; a new member of the IPRT team; updates on spent convictions reform; a *new* All-Party Oireachtas Group on Penal Reform; accountability in prisons; and COVID-19.

Ebulletin #109

1st April 2021

Highlights in this edition include: updates on recent events (in case you missed them), a short round-up of recent publications, our recent submissions, insights from a new 'guest corner' and more. 

Ebulletin #108

22nd December 2020

Highlights in this edition include: an end of year message on what we have achieved, despite the challenges we have faced; 'save the date' for the launch of PIPS 2020; details of a new project; reflections on the CPT report; update on spent convictions consultation; and some recent publications and media.

Ebulletin #107

21st September 2020

Highlights in this edition include: IPRT’s achievements over the past 12 months; results of our families of prisoners survey; the first meeting of our Children and Families Network; and IPRT’s response to recent justice-related publications.

Ebulletin #106

17th July 2020

Highlights in this edition include: the new Government’s commitments on penal reform, recommencement of physical visits to prisons, a blog penned by IPRT, a recent webinar on torture prevention, important publications, some of the stories you might have missed in the media, and an opportunity to influence how the criminal justice system functions.

Ebulletin #105

21st May 2020

Highlights in this edition include: COVID-19 and prisons, IPRT's work on COVID-19, how you can help inform a new youth justice strategy, a recent webinar on detention monitoring, and information on a new project.

Ebulletin #104

17th March 2020

Highlights in this edition include: IPRT: Business as usual; Prisons and COVID-19: Useful resources; Programme for Government 2020; and New IPRT report: Disability in Prisons in Ireland.

Ebulletin #103

23rd December 2019

Highlights in this edition include: Save the Date - Disability in Detention Report Launch (15th Jan 2020); Progress of Rehabilitative Periods Bill; and Developing Youth Justice Seminar.

Ebulletin #102

4th August 2019

Highlights in this edition include: Save the Date - IPRT AGM (Sept) and PIPS 2019 (Oct); Passage of Parole Bill 2016; and IPRT presents to Joint Committee on Justice and Equality on Spent Convictions.

Ebulletin #101

9th April 2019

Highlights in this edition include: Appointment of new IPRT Executive Director; IPRT 'Care and Justice' Report Launch; Criminal Justice (Rehabilitative Periods) Bill 2018 [PMB]; and Publication of the 2017 Prison Visiting Committee Annual Reports.

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