Exciting new research on the reintegration of prisoners to be launched.

“It’s like stepping on a landmine…”
REPORT ON REINTEGRATION OF PRISONERS IN IRELAND

The Irish Penal Reform Trust will launch its latest report, It’s like stepping on a landmine…” – Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland, on Tuesday 25th May, 2010. The report assesses the current provision of reintegration services and support for prisoners before and after their release from prison, identifies a number of key systemic failures, and makes 14 clear recommendations for necessary improvements.

Statistical analysis indicates that, at present, 60% of those with prison experience will return to prison at some point. This, coupled with a prison population that has risen by 65% in the last 12 years – and which is set to reach 5,000 by the end of 2010 – spells disaster in terms of future social and economic cost to Irish society. The positive story is that there is also strong evidence that rehabilitation and support for prisoners leaving prison can and does work. This timely report spells out clearly the actions that must be taken to break the cycle of reoffending, thus making society safer for all.

“It’s like stepping on a landmine…” – Reintegration of Prisoners in Irelandwill be launched at 11am on Tuesday 25th May, 2010 at the MACRO Community Centre, 1 Green Street, Dublin 1. Speakers at the event will include:

  • Agnieszka Martynowicz, author of the report and IPRT Research & Policy Officer
  • Lisa Cuthbert, Director, PACE
  • Pat Conway, Director of Services – Adults, NIACRO (Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders)
  • A former offender currently engaged with the Business in the Community (BITCI) Linkage Programme

Given the impact of high recidivism rates on chronically overcrowded prisons, not to mention wider public criticisms of the ‘revolving door’ syndrome, IPRT believes that the better resourcing and co-ordination of rehabilitation supports and services, and better cooperation between agencies, has never been more urgent.

For further information on the event please click here.

“It’s like stepping on a landmine…” – Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland

Irish Penal Reform Trust (May 2010)
ISBN: 978-0-9535531-9-8

“It’s like stepping on a landmine…” – Reintegration of Prisoners in Irelandassesses the current provision of reintegration services and support for prisoners before and after their release from prison, identifies key systemic failures in, and makes 14 clear recommendations for necessary improvements. The title – “It’s like stepping on a landmine…” – is one former offender’s description of the experience of leaving prison.

For more information on the report, please see: www.iprt.ie

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Exciting new research on the reintegration of prisoners to be launched.

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