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#Penal Reform

From TheJournal.ie 'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact' Solitary Confinement

'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'

A change in prison rules looks at the “meaningful human contact” prisoners get when out of their cells.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Prison does not cure prisoners. They do not effectively punish crime' Penal Reform

Opinion: 'Prison does not cure prisoners. They do not effectively punish crime'

It is common knowledge that deaths from suicide and drug overdoses are common in Irish prisons, writes researcher Stephen Strauss-Walsh.

From TheJournal.ie Column: We continue to put children in adult prisons. It is utterly unacceptable. Children

Column: We continue to put children in adult prisons. It is utterly unacceptable.

Young people have the highest rates of reoffending, but they also have the greatest capacity for change – scientific evidence proves this.

From TheJournal.ie Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set Human Rights

Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set

The new human rights commissioner said she is concerned about serious gaps in prison complaints procedures.

From TheJournal.ie Women's prison population one third over capacity Overcrowding

Women's prison population one third over capacity

Poor living conditions and substandard visiting conditions in state’s two female prisons.

From TheJournal.ie End of an era: slopping out to officially end in Mountjoy this month Crime And Punishment

End of an era: slopping out to officially end in Mountjoy this month

Twelve per cent of prisoners are currently forced to ‘slop out’ but the Prison Service says things are gradually changing.

From TheJournal.ie Shatter announces major redevelopment at Limerick Prison Penal Reform

Shatter announces major redevelopment at Limerick Prison

Both the A and B wings will be replaced with a modern, 100-cell accommodation block.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime – no matter what ‘common sense’ says Opinion

Column: Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime – no matter what ‘common sense’ says

Our prisons are bursting, and yet we continue to lock more people up. To keep communities safe we need a serious rethink, writes Liam Herrick.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Monday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Monday

Catch up on the day’s news, including: Zuma arrives in Libya for mediation; Prison Inspector criticises investigations into prisoner deaths; and what really happens when you don’t pay your TV licence…

From TheJournal.ie Prisons' Inspector criticises procedures for investigating prisoner deaths Irish Prisons

Prisons' Inspector criticises procedures for investigating prisoner deaths

Judge Michael Reilly says that investigations into the deaths of prisoners do not meet the standards of international best practice and lack consistency across the country’s 14 prisons.

From TheJournal.ie Labour launch policy document on penal reform Penal Reform

Labour launch policy document on penal reform

Ireland’s current penal system is ineffective and leads to overcrowded prisons, argue Pat Rabbittee and Ivana Bacik.