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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