The death has taken place of Paul O’Mahony, one of Ireland’s foremost criminologists and a founding member of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT). Paul O’Mahony made a unique contribution to the study of crime and justice in Ireland. An advocate of prison reform and social justice, he was the author of a landmark study of prisoners in Ireland – Mountjoy Prisoners: A Sociological and Criminological Profile. He also wrote and edited a number of other books which all clearly articulated the need for a more humane response to those processed through the criminal justice system:
His work is foundational and will continue to be widely read. We express our sympathies to his family and friends at this time.