5th December 2013
The IPRT Position Paper 10: Women in the Criminal Justice System - Towards a non-custodial approach includes an account of recent trends in the imprisonment of women in Ireland. It goes on to look at the complex range of needs experienced by many women convicted of an offence and the associated overuse of remand for women offenders.
It then discusses the issues faced by women in prison who have caring responsibilities, followed by a section on challenges faced by women leaving prison.
The next section details developments in the UK and prison standards that reflect an increasing acknowledgement of the value of a community-based approach to dealing with women offenders.
This is followed by an overview of some emerging models of good practice, followed by conclusions and two key recommendations.
Download the Position Paper here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.