The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) would like to express sincere thanks for the continued support of our donor-advised family fund and the Community Foundation for Ireland for providing financial support, which has made this publication, Progress in the Penal System (2020), possible. It is more important than ever that the rights of people in the penal system continue to be spotlighted.
A special thanks to members of the PIPS Advisory Group: Professor Aislinn O’Donnell, Professor Ian O’Donnell, Niall Walsh, and Dr. Cormac Behan. A big thank you to Dr. Seamus Taylor for his long-term vision of the PIPS project.
Many thanks to the Irish Prison Service, particularly Caroline Finn and Alan O’Callaghan, who worked with us to provide relevant information to the project. Thanks also to Dr. Conor O’Neill from the National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS) for providing data to support the project.
The PIPS project is also not possible without the wide level of engagement from various stakeholders that inform and contribute to IPRT’s work.
The ambitious Progress in the Penal System ‘PIPS’ report and overall project would not come to its full fruition without the dedication and commitment of the whole IPRT team.
This report is dedicated to those in prison and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that the impact of Covid-19 on prison systems will be taken as an opportunity to progress positive long-term penal policy change in Ireland.
Responsibility for the content of the report and any omissions lies with IPRT.
Senior Research & Policy Projects Manager, Irish Penal Reform Trust
|BSS||Bail Supervision Scheme|
|CMH||Central Mental Hospital|
|CPT||European Committee for the Prevention of Torture|
|CSO||Community Service Order|
|CTT||Contract Tracing Teams|
|ECHR||European Convention on Human Rights|
|EPR||European Prison Rules|
|HIQA||Health Information and Quality Authority|
|HSE||Health Service Executive|
|ICCPR||International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights|
|ICESCR||International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights|
|IHREC||Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission|
|IOG||Implementation Oversight Group|
|IPS||Irish Prison Service|
|NPHET||National Public Health and Emergency Team|
|NPM||National Preventative Mechanism|
|OiP||Office of the Inspector of Prisons|
|OPCAT||Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture|
|PICLS||Prison In-Reach and Court Liaison Service|
|PPE||Personal Protective Equipment|
|PPRG||Penal Policy Review Group|
|PRILA||Prisons: the Rule of Law, Accountability and Rights|
|QNPMHS||Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services|
|WHO||World Health Organization|