A prison officer in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of prisoners admitted to an early release programme which has a 90 per cent success rate in preventing reoffending has been cut by half in (...)

Attending the Parnell Summer School at Avondale House, Rathdrum are, from left, Fíona Ní Chinneide (Irish Penal Reform Trust), Dr Cormac Behan (University of Sheffield), James Lawless (Fianna Fáil) and Dr Niall Muldoon (Ombudsman for Children). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

We need to look at an alternative to the detention of young people, the Ombudsman for Children has said. Speaking at the Parnell Summer School in Wic(...)

Human rights watchdog concerned that legislation to provide for right to a lawyer has been passed but still not implemented six years later

The UN Committee against Torture has criticised the Government for failing to implement legislation guaranteeing those in Garda custody the right to l(...)

The UN Committee against Torture was concerned the State’s commission of investigation into mother and baby homes “did not allow it to investigate all institutions in the country at which abuses including forced and illegal adoptions may have occurred”. File photograph: Getty Images

The UN Committee against Torture has called on the Government to carry out an independent investigation into allegations of ill-treatment at all mothe(...)

Up to the end of May this year there had been 163 committals for immigration issues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 400 people were held in prison last year in relation to immigration issues, mainly awaiting deportation. Figures from the Irish Prison Ser(...)

The Circle at St Patrick’s Institution, North Circular Road, Dublin.

For years there have been demands for St Patrick’s Institution to close its doors. Drawing heavy criticism both domestically and abroad, its decommiss(...)

The figures were obtained by Independents4Change TD Clare Daly from Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Fergal Phillips.

Judges are ignoring legislation stipulating criminals convicted of commercial-scale drug dealing must be jailed for a minimum of 10 years unless ther(...)

Thirty-four per cent of 825 drug dealers convicted in the courts over the past five years were given a suspended sentence.

It will come as news to many people that the law defines commercial-scale drug dealing as those offences involving consignments of drugs valued at €12(...)

Half of those held in 22- or 23-hour lock-up on January 1st, 2016 were inmates in Mountjoy Prison.  Photograph: David Sleator

More than 50 inmates in the Irish prison system were being held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day earlier this year, with nine spending more(...)