1st October 2017
'Hearing Their Voices' Traveller Women in Prison is a report on the experiences of Traveller women in the Irish prison system. This report is one of the key outputs from the three year Travellers in Prison Initiative which is led by St Stephen’s Green Trust and supported by the Irish Prison and Probation Services. The report not only gives us valuable insights into the prison experiences of Traveller women in Ireland, it also gives us an insight into their lives and their pathways into prison.
‘Hearing their Voices’ significantly reinforces understanding of the issues faced by Traveller women in Irish society, linking these to the particular issues faced by Traveller women before prison, in prison, and after release, through the powerful and clear voices of the brave Traveller women who participated in the research. The Travellers in Prison Initiative, spearheaded by the St Stephen’s Green Trust is a groundbreaking initiative addressing the particular needs and circumstances of Travellers in prison, long a concern of Traveller organisations and well described in the Irish Penal Reform Trust 2014 study of Travellers in the Irish prison system.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.