Reports on Irish prisons are gathered in this section, along with prison standards and other relevant reports.
Inspection reports of the Children Detention Schools, which are carried out by HIQA, are available in the youth justice section.
For reports on Irish prisons carried out by international monitoring bodies (CPT, UN CAT, etc.) please see Human Rights reports.
15th August 2009
The Office of the Inspector of Prisons Annual Report 2008 was published on 14th Aug 2009 by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
14th August 2009
The Irish Prison Service Annual Report for 2008 was published today, and is available online. The report shows further dramatic increases in the numbers being committed to prison.
19th December 2008
The Irish Prison Service today published its annual report for 2007. The report is available online and outlines a number of trends in the prison population, including the increasing number of non-Irish nationals in the prison system and the growing proportion of prisoners serving long sentences.
11th December 2008
IPRT warmly welcomed the publication of the Irish Prison Chaplains report for 2008. As in previous years, the report provides an authoritative and hard-hitting assessment of the serious problems facing the prison system.
28th October 2008
The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) warmly welcomed the publication of the first Interim Report of Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly.
27th November 2007
The Irish Penal Reform Trust welcomed the publication of the Annual Report of the Irish Prison Chaplains.
30th April 2006
This eye opening report highlights the poor conditions and services of Irish prisons as well the need for adequate representation for prisoner complaints.
31st December 2005
This 2005 report of the Arbour Hill Visiting Committee is almost a repeat of the previous year's report.
30th March 2005
This report highlights again the same events as in its 2003 report. The Parole Board goes on to disapprove of the psychiatric and sex offender programmes, noting that attendance and formation were poor.
31st December 2004
This document offers another uncomfortable annual report from the Inspector of Prisons to the Minister.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.