Former Probation Service director Vivian Guerin, who retired during the year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

The number of offenders dealt with by the Probation Service rose marginally last year with more than a fifth of cases related to theft. Minister for (...)

Sex offenders being ‘driven underground’ post release from prison was a ‘serious issue’ the Probation Service faced, the committee heard. Photograph: iStock

Concerns have been expressed that disclosures of the location of convicted sex offenders after their release from prison will drive offenders “under t(...)

Mother pleaded guilty at Ennis Circuit Court to  wilfully assaulting and neglecting her baby.

The mother of a baby who suffered a catalogue of injuries, including a skull fracture, should not be jailed, the Probation Service has recommended. A(...)

Pictured shows volunteers from left Aengus Burke; Madeline Treacy; Anne Conroy, chief executive of Le Cheile; Ingrid Cooney (Mentor co-ordinator); and Emily Dolge. Photograph : Naoise Culhane

Young people who have become involved in crime are 28 per cent less likely to reoffend if involved in a mentoring programme, a new report has found. (...)

There are issues for staff as well as inmates in the North’s prison system. One in four new prison officers employed over the past five years have left their jobs, while existing staff continue to be targeted by dissident republicans

If a society is measured by how it treats its most marginalised people, does that extend to convicted criminals? The answer from many quarters might(...)

 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(...)