Launch of 'Making Progress?' Report on Irish Prison Service's Strategic Plan

Prison reform Strategic Plan has produced innovative and positive developments, but serious problems continue in the Irish prison system, says Jesuit Centre

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11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

In a new report the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice says that the first year of implementation of the Irish Prison Service’s “Three Year Strategic Plan 2012–2015” has shown imaginative and innovative developments in prison policy, but has also been marked by some worrying deficiencies and delays in the implementation process.

The report was prepared by the Centre with the aim of analysing progress in implementing the specific commitments made in the “One Year Implementation Plan”, published by the Irish Prison Service in mid-2012, shortly after the publication of the overall Three Year Strategic Plan.

The Jesuit Centre’s report, entitled “Making Progress? Examining the first year of the Irish Prison Service’s Three Year Strategic Plan 2012–2013”, was launched today, Wednesday, 9 October 2013, by former Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Pauline McCabe.

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New Cork Prison doesn't meet necessary standards

patricks conditions 250Legislation to provide for a new prison in Cork is in the process of passing through both houses of the Oireachtas, the Dáil and Seanad Éireann. The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has been referenced a number of times during these debates, and two of its team members Fr Peter McVerry and Eoin Carroll have been quoted. The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice welcomes the replacement of the old prison which has been condemned in numerous reports including those by the Council of Europe's watchdog The Committee for the Prevention against Torture. However, the Centre has serious concerns in the standards set for the proposed prison - in particular the abandonment of the principle of one-person, one-cell. To view the transcription of the debates click here for the Dáil and here for Seanad Éireann.

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Jesuit Centre welcomes the closure of St Patrick's Institution but has concerns

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The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice welcomes the announcement today by the Minister for Justice, Mr Alan Shatter TD, that, following the most recent Annual Report of the Inspector of Prisons, St Patrick's Institution will be closed as a detention centre for young people under the age of twenty-one.

Eoin Carroll, Advocacy Officer with the Centre, said: "The closure of St Patrick's is long overdue; over many years, reports by many different organisations have called for this action to be taken."

However, Mr Carroll pointed out that the complex challenges of responding appropriately to the needs of young people in detention will not disappear once St Patrick's Institution is closed.

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Jesuit Centre strongly criticises plan for 'doubling up' 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

Immediate Release: 12h00 16 January 2013

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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Jesuit Centre strongly 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

Immediate Release: 12h00 16 January 2014

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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