Mountjoy Prison in Dublin

Most modern criminal justice systems give prominence to the idea of rehabilitation of offenders and acknowledge the need for their reintegration into (...)

 D Wing cells   in St Patrick’s Institution, Dublin.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The latest report on St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders by the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, has revealed a cruel regime, whic(...)

The Victorian practice of “slopping out” will end in Cork prison with the development of a new jail with in-cell sanitation.  Bwing in Cork prison. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Victorian practice of “slopping out” will end in Cork prison with the development of a new jail with in-cell sanitation, the Dáil has heard.The ne(...)

 Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy: “The fundamental problem with mandatory sentencing is its failure to fulfil the basic requirements of a sentencing policy.”

Mandatory sentences do not help achieve the key goals of deterrence or rehabilitation and should be revisited, a High Court judge has said. Endorsing (...)

Scales of Justice: The task of settling on an appropriate punishment, taking into account the unique circumstances of a given case and of the people involved, can be complex and difficult

Sentencing is not an exact science. The task of settling on an appropriate punishment, taking into account the unique circumstances of a given case an(...)

Making prison work better
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  • April 2, 2013, 06:00

The number of offenders in Irish prisons has increased sharply in recent years, even though the crime rate has fallen, down 13 per cent since 2(...)

Mountjoy Prison: yesterday’s report on prison reform stresses a deeper, more structural problem, arguing that there are simply too many people in jail in Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

Reports on Irish prison reform are hardly a neglected genre. Over the past 25 years, studies setting out how to fix a notoriously(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik, who prepared the report by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, said it contained “concrete, credible recommendations”, many of which were cost-neutral. Photograph: Bernard Walsh

Prison sentences of less than six months for non-violent offences should be replaced with community service orders, a new report has recommende(...)

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