2nd March 2023
On Thursday 2 March 2023, Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) held an in-person launch event at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin for our new project on children and families of people in prison. At the event we published our latest report ‘Maternal Imprisonment in Ireland: A Scoping Study’.
The 'Maternal Imprisonment in Ireland: A Scoping Study' report examines the numbers and experiences of mothers imprisoned in Ireland, and of their children. It makes recommendation for actions that would reduce the harm caused to these children and families, and particularly for reducing female imprisonment. The need to consider the impact on children when sentencing mothers, and particularly consider non-custodial measures when sentencing mothers, were named in the report as part of the 29 recommendations.
The event was chaired by Co-Chair of the Action for Children and Families of Prisoners network, Dr. Fiona Donson.
IPRT's Ashling Tobin launched the children and families of people in prison initiative. As project coordinator, Ashling will be at the forefront of pushing for action to be taken stemming from our research and recommendations in the area. An audio clip from a child with lived experience of maternal imprisonment was played to attendees, humanising the issues written within the report.
We were delighted to invite Sharon Vicki Prais and Sharon Critoph to present on the research they co-authored for IPRT alongside contributions from:
The event was closed with remarks from Molly Joyce, IPRT Acting Executive Director.
The discussion arising during the event was very thought-provoking, with speakers commenting on:
Click here to watch a recording of the event on YouTube. The final report can be accessed here.
For more about the Action for Children and Families of Prisoners network: https://www.actionforfamilies.ie/
For more on the work of IPRT visit: https://www.iprt.ie/
This project is kindly supported by Community Foundation Ireland, Katharine Howard Foundation, Porticus and St Stephen's Green Trust.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.