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#Penal Reform

# penal-reform - Monday 7 February, 2022

Report claims pandemic ban on prison visits and lack of psychological supports impacting prisoner health
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Report claims pandemic ban on prison visits and lack of psychological supports impacting prisoner health

Feb 7th 2022, 10:58 AM 11,072 Views 27 Comments

The annual Irish Penal Reform Trust’s progress in the penal system report was published today.

# penal-reform - Sunday 9 July, 2017

'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'
# Solitary Confinement
# Solitary Confinement

'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'

Jul 9th 2017, 7:00 AM 12,872 Views 31 Comments

A change in prison rules looks at the “meaningful human contact” prisoners get when out of their cells.

# penal-reform - Sunday 16 October, 2016

Opinion: 'Prison does not cure prisoners. They do not effectively punish crime'
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Opinion: 'Prison does not cure prisoners. They do not effectively punish crime'

Oct 16th 2016, 8:30 PM 8,082 Views 95 Comments

It is common knowledge that deaths from suicide and drug overdoses are common in Irish prisons, writes researcher Stephen Strauss-Walsh.

# penal-reform - Friday 19 December, 2014

Column: We continue to put children in adult prisons. It is utterly unacceptable.
# Children
# Children

Column: We continue to put children in adult prisons. It is utterly unacceptable.

Dec 19th 2014, 8:00 AM 292 Views 22 Comments

Young people have the highest rates of reoffending, but they also have the greatest capacity for change – scientific evidence proves this.

# penal-reform - Saturday 11 October, 2014

Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set

Oct 11th 2014, 6:00 PM 7,900 Views 29 Comments

The new human rights commissioner said she is concerned about serious gaps in prison complaints procedures.

# penal-reform - Friday 7 March, 2014

Women's prison population one third over capacity
# Overcrowding
# Overcrowding

Women's prison population one third over capacity

Mar 7th 2014, 5:30 PM 6,297 Views 40 Comments

Poor living conditions and substandard visiting conditions in state’s two female prisons.

# penal-reform - Saturday 9 November, 2013

End of an era: slopping out to officially end in Mountjoy this month
# Crime And Punishment
# Crime And Punishment

End of an era: slopping out to officially end in Mountjoy this month

Nov 9th 2013, 5:00 PM 22,799 Views 89 Comments

Twelve per cent of prisoners are currently forced to ‘slop out’ but the Prison Service says things are gradually changing.

# penal-reform - Monday 11 June, 2012

Shatter announces major redevelopment at Limerick Prison
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Shatter announces major redevelopment at Limerick Prison

Jun 11th 2012, 5:36 PM 3,256 Views 17 Comments

Both the A and B wings will be replaced with a modern, 100-cell accommodation block.

# penal-reform - Monday 12 December, 2011

Column: Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime – no matter what ‘common sense’ says
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime – no matter what ‘common sense’ says

Dec 12th 2011, 7:30 AM 110 Views 54 Comments

Our prisons are bursting, and yet we continue to lock more people up. To keep communities safe we need a serious rethink, writes Liam Herrick.

# penal-reform - Monday 30 May, 2011

The Daily Fix: Monday
# Daily Fix
# Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Monday

May 30th 2011, 8:03 PM 612 Views 0 Comments

Catch up on the day’s news, including: Zuma arrives in Libya for mediation; Prison Inspector criticises investigations into prisoner deaths; and what really happens when you don’t pay your TV licence…

Prisons' Inspector criticises procedures for investigating prisoner deaths
# Irish Prisons
# Irish Prisons

Prisons' Inspector criticises procedures for investigating prisoner deaths

May 30th 2011, 7:22 PM 542 Views 0 Comments

Judge Michael Reilly says that investigations into the deaths of prisoners do not meet the standards of international best practice and lack consistency across the country’s 14 prisons.

# penal-reform - Tuesday 11 January, 2011

Labour launch policy document on penal reform
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Labour launch policy document on penal reform

Jan 11th 2011, 8:50 PM 374 Views 0 Comments

Ireland’s current penal system is ineffective and leads to overcrowded prisons, argue Pat Rabbittee and Ivana Bacik.