The Prison Documents

Imprisonment is the most severe penalty available to the courts in Ireland, as it is in most other developed countries. Given the far-reaching implications of removing an individual’s liberty, even where he or she has committed a crime, and the reality that imprisonment often has detrimental consequences for both the person imprisoned and his or her family, a society must give serious consideration to two fundamental questions: the extent to which it uses the penalty of imprisonment and the conditions that operate in its prisons.

Here you can find the Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice’s published research: