Progress in the Penal System (or PIPS) is a three-year project of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, Ireland's leading non-governmental organisation campaigning for progressive reform of Irish penal policy.
The purpose of PIPS is to provide a comprehensive analysis of progress in meeting human rights and reaching best practice in the Irish penal system.
The first PIPS report was published in October 2017, and details 35 standards against which the prevailing situation in Ireland's penal system is being independently tracked, monitored and assessed over a three-year period.
PIPS 2018 provides an assessment of progress over the last 12 months against these 35 standards, and assesses whether Ireland is meeting its human rights obligations and meeting best international practice.
The Irish Penal Reform Trust would like to express sincere gratitude to the donor advised family fund and the Community Foundation for Ireland for providing the financial support which made this project and this publication possible.
IPRT would also like to express sincere thanks to the Progress in the Penal System (PIPS) Advisory Group: Professor Aislinn O’Donnell (Chair), Professor Ian O’Donnell, Niall Walsh and David Perry. IPRT would also like to pay tribute to IPRT board members who provided feedback on this report.
The genesis of this project came about through the vision of Seamus Taylor, Joan O’Flynn, Tina Roche and Dr. Kevin Warner.
We would like to thank members of the Irish Prison Service for their active engagement with the PIPS project and the Department of Justice and Equality for meeting with IPRT. IPRT would also like to thank individual prisoners and their families, as well as professional advocates who raised issues with us throughout the year. We hope that this project will make a significant contribution to positively improving the penal system and the lives of those individuals within it.
Responsibility for the content of the report lies solely with the author of the report and IPRT.
Senior Research & Policy Projects Manager, Irish Penal Reform Trust
|APT||Association for the Prevention of Torture|
|BRIO||Building Recovery Inwards and Outwards|
|CAT||Committee against Torture|
|CEDAW||Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women|
|CMH||Central Mental Hospital|
|CoE||Council of Europe|
|CPT||European Committee for the Prevention of Torture|
|DTC||Democratic Therapeutic Communities|
|ECHR||European Convention on Human Rights|
|ECtHR||European Court of Human Rights|
|EMCDDA||European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction|
|HIQA||Health Information and Quality Authority|
|HMP||Her Majesty’s Prison|
|HRB||Health Research Board|
|HSE||Health Service Executive|
|HSU||High Support Units|
|ICCPR||International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights|
|IHREC||Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission|
|ILSU||Independent Living Skills Unit|
|IoP||Inspector of Prisons|
|IPS||Irish Prison Service|
|ISM||Integrated Sentence Management|
|MQI||Merchants Quay Ireland|
|MQPL||Measuring the Quality of Prison Life|
|NPM||National Preventative Mechanism|
|OPCAT||Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture|
|PCMI||Prison Conditions Monitoring Index|
|PICLS||Prison In-Reach and Court Liaison Service|
|POA||Prison Officers Association|
|QQI||Quality and Qualifications Ireland|
|UNCAT||United Nations Convention Against Torture|
|UTE||Units of Therapy and Education|
|WHO||World Health Organization|