Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Donnelan, director general of the  Irish Prison Service, answer questions  at the launch of the Irish Prison Service and  Probation Service annual reports and joint strategy  in Smithfield,  Dublin, on May 18th, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has commissioned a review of the drugs and alcohol treatment services available to criminal offenders and peop(...)

Probation officer Majella Hickey:  ‘The cases I find most upsetting are the ones where I can’t develop a therapeutic alliance, where they’re just not ready.’

Majella Hickey looks across the table at Peter Sheridan. His eyes dart around the spartan office, determinedly avoiding hers. “Where to now,” she asks(...)

Nurse manager Ian Doyle at the Aislinn Adolescent Addiction Centre in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

From the four neatly made beds, a pair of runners placed together on the floor under the window sill and clothes hanging tidily in the open-fro(...)

A Prison Officer in the commital unit where prisoners spend their first night in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The number of committals to Irish prisons has fallen for the first time in six years as sustained decreases in the Republic’s recorded crime ra(...)