On Thursday 21st July, 2011 the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) will hold a public seminar, Prison Conditions as a Constitutional Issue: Recent Experiences from the US and Ireland, which will discuss possible implications of two recent court judgments, from Ireland and the United States, in which the constitutional rights of prisoners were found to have been infringed by unacceptable prison conditions.
Speakers will include Michael O’Higgins SC, counsel for the plaintiff in the recent High Court case of Kinsella -v- Governor of Mountjoy Prison; and Don Specter, Director and Sara Norman, Managing Attorney of the Prison Law Office, San Quentin (CA), who argued on behalf of California prisoners in the recent US Supreme Court case of Plata -v- Brown. The presentation of the California speakers will be broadcast on screen.
The event takes place at Distillery Building, Church St, Dublin 7 on Thursday 21st July, 2011 from 5-7pm. The Annual General Meeting of IPRT takes place before the seminar (3.30pm).
For all media enquiries, or to arrange an interview with speakers, please contact:
Fíona Ní Chinnéide, Campaigns & Communications Officer, Irish Penal Reform Trust