Serious Concerns omitted in Limerick Prison Visiting Committee Report

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The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has expressed concern that the Visiting Committee Report on Limerick Prison misses the big picture.

Eoin Carroll, Advocacy Officer in the Jesuit Centre said, “The Committee’s report highlights that there has been an improvement in reducing overcrowding. It fails, however, to mention that both the men’s and women’s prisons remain chronically overcrowded based on the Inspector of Prisons standards, and regularly overcrowded based on the prison service’s own standards.”

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Jesuit Centre criticises plan for 'doubling up' and expansion in new Cork Prison

prison 250Jesuit Centre strongly criticises plan for 'doubling up' in new Cork Prison, describing the decision as a retrograde step and in breach of international best practice

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The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has expressed dismay that the Minister for Justice will today sign the building contract for a new prison in Cork which is based on double occupancy of cells, saying this is a retrograde step and in breach of international best practice.

The Jesuit Centre challenges the Minister's previous assertions that the new prison will provide "adequate and suitable accommodation for all prisoners". The Centre points out that a failure to provide single cell accommodation in the new prison will be contrary to Article 18.5 of the European Prison Rules, drawn up by the Council of Europe of which Ireland is a founder member State.

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Spotlight on Women in Prison

Women in Prison: Need for ChangeThe latest report by the Inspector of Prisons on women in prison requires follow up and action. A position paper produced by the Irish Penal Reform Trust, contributed to by the Women in Prison Reform Alliance, provides a blueprint. The Irish Prison Service’s promised strategy for women in prison, due to be published in May 2013 as a matter of urgency, needs to be published.

The overuse of imprisonment for women and the conditions in which they are detained has been of particular concern to the JCFJ since 2008. In May of that year we hosted a seminar on women in prison, our guest speaker was Baroness Jean Corston. Baroness Corston had just written a hard hitting report on the situation of women in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. Senator Ivana Bacik who has been a leading advocate for prisoner’s rights also spoke at the event.

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Pause and Think about People in Prison

juveniledetentionPrisoner and Restorative Justice Week (17 – 23 November 2013) is an opportunity to stop and think about the 4,000+ people detained in Ireland’s fourteen prisons and the need to restore relations between people who have caused harm and those who have suffered.  

This week, Peter McVerry SJ is featured on RTE's A Living Word reflecting on the topic of restorative justice. These will be aired at 6.40am and repeated 12.58am every weekday during Prisoner and Restorative Justice Week. Podcasts of these reflections can be found at the bottom of this page.

Eoin Carroll, Advocacy Officer in the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice said this week:

We need to think about what the purpose of imprisonment is and our responsibility as a society for the conditions under which people are detained. The Mission Statement of the Irish Prison System – to provide “safe and secure custody, dignity of care and rehabilitation to prisoners for safer communities” – expresses laudable aims but we know from many reports over the years that our society has failed to devote sufficient attention and resources to the achievement of these objectives.

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