Barely one out of every hundred prisoners voted in last month’s referendum on the Eight Amendment which saw a record turnout among the general populat(...)

 Mr Justice Paul Butler said it was very difficult to sentence a man of this age and suggested  the Irish Penal Reform Trust should carry out a study on the sentencing of elderly people.

A High Court judge has invited a prison reform body to carry out a study on the sentencing of elderly people. Mr Justice Paul Butler made the comment(...)

 Michael Donnellan, director general of the Irish Prison Service (IPS), said the management of people with severe and enduring mental illness posed a major challenge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Irish prison population has been “exploding” in the past year but staff are unable to offer adequate mental health services, an Oireachtas Committ(...)

The vast majority of the approximately 350 life-sentence prisoners in Ireland are there for murder, and can only be released by the Minister for Justice on the advice of the Parole Board.  File photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to set a new effective minimum sentence of 12 years for murder as part of its plan to reform the parole system. The 12-year provisi(...)

Actors tell real-life stories of those incarcerated or working in Irish penal institutions

Kilmainham Gaol and courthouse reverberate with a presence from past events and lives. While the gaol is inextricably linked in the public mind with t(...)

Children from  schools in Tipperary gather at the Department of Education in 2017 to protest at their ‘exclusion’ from the Deis scheme. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government’s support scheme for children in disadvantaged schools is failing to narrow the achievement gap with other schools, an Oireachtas commi(...)

Key finding: a quarter of Irish inmates never attended secondary school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just over half of prisoners dropped out of school before the Junior Certificate, according to an unpublished survey by the Irish Prison Service. The s(...)

The report argues that the separation of a prisoner from others should not be permitted for reasons of punishment, but only for reasons of safety.

The Irish Prison Service should move to abolish the practice of placing prisoners in solitary confinement and set the minimum out-of-cell time at eigh(...)

Judges who opt for custodial sentences of less than 12 months instead of a non-custodial alternative  should be legally compelled to explain why, a  paper by the Irish Penal Reform Trust says. File photograph: Getty Images

Judges who send people to prison for less than a year should have to submit written justifications for doing so, a new paper by the Irish Penal Reform(...)

There is very limited access for children who have parents in prison,  with “screened” visits and six-minute  a day  phone calls

Children with a parent in prison are particularly vulnerable, and yet very little is known about them in the State, a conference in Dublin heard on We(...)

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