Exploding Prisoner Numbers – Causes, Effects and Solutions

The Irish Penal Reform Trust is delighted to invite you to the

IPRT Open Forum 2010

Exploding Prisoner Numbers – Causes, Effects and Solutions

Monday 28th June, 2010 at 6pm

in the Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people imprisoned in Ireland, with an annual rate of increase running at 10%. This explosion in numbers has had a serious impact on our prisons, where overcrowding is at chronic levels, placing prisoners and staff at great risk and frustrating attempts at rehabilitation.

This increase in the use of detention has occurred with little or no policy deliberation about the choices and options involved.

IPRT believes that we urgently need to evaluate our sentencing practice and policy, alongside a deeper examination of crime patterns. For that reason, our Open Forum event this year will focus on exploring the causes of prison population growth and on practical measures to arrest that trend. A panel of experts representing the key elements of the criminal justice system will offer different views on current imprisonment trends. We hope that, with contributions from IPRT members and an audience of policy-makers and stakeholders within the penal system, the Forum will identify practical measures to address this burning issue within our penal system.


Chairperson: Judge Michael Reilly, Inspector of Prisons

Context: Dr. Mary Rogan, Irish Penal Reform Trust – Current Trends in Prison Population

Panel Discussion:

Tom O’Malley, NUI Galway – Overview of Sentencing Patterns

Vivian Geiran, Director of Operations, Probation Service – Use of Community Sanctions

Garda Síochána speaker (TBC ) – Crime Rates and Crime Detection


Please RSVP by Friday 25th June 2010 here.

Alternatively, contact Mary at info@iprt.ie or tel: 01-8741400


The Open Forum event will be preceded by IPRT’s AGM at 4pm.

Sign up to become a member of IPRT here.

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