The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, today published the Joint Irish Prison Service & Probation Service Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015.
This Plan sets out their Strategic Objective, in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government, to develop a multi-agency approach to offender management and rehabilitation from pre to post imprisonment in order to reduce re-offending and to improve prison outcomes. Minister Shatter also published the Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2012 and the Probation Service Annual Reports 2012.
To view the documents or for more information click the following links
Minister Shatter Attends Memorial Service in Honour of the Late Chief Officer Brian Stack (RIP).
Minister Shatter and Mrs Sheila Stack unveil bronze bust at Prison Service College, Brian Stack House Portlaoise on Friday 3rd May 2013.
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter TD, today attended a Memorial Service for the Late Chief Officer Brian Stack (RIP). Speaking at the Memorial the Minister announced that the Irish Prison Service had renamed the Prison Service College to "Brian Stack House" and had introduced a new bravery medal known as "The Stack Medal" which was the highest honour that could be bestowed upon a serving member of the Irish Prison Service. The Minister also unveiled a bronze bust of Chief Stack.
Minister Shatter Addresses Prison Officers Association Annual Conference, Athlone, 2nd May 2013
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Alan Shatter TD addressed the Prison Officers Association Annual Delegate Conference in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. To read the speech in full click here
CBHFA Prison Programme Wins IITD Award
The Community Based Health & First Aid (CBHFA) prison programme was winner of the Training Award for Networks & Groups at the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD)Awards on 22nd March 2013.
The CBHFA programme, which operates under a partnership of the Irish Prison Service, Irish Red Cross and Vocational Education Committees, is being implemented in 10 prisons throughout Ireland and is a unique approach to raising community health, hygiene awareness and first aid in prisons using groups of special status Irish Red Cross Volunteer Inmates as peer to peer educators.
Decarceration policy for non-violent prisoners needed to reduce prisoner numbers - Justice Committee
A reductionist or ‘decarceration’ strategy policy for non-violent prisoners should be adopted by the Government to reduce prison population numbers by one-third over a 10 year period, a new report from the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.
Chairman of the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality David Stanton TD said: “We are concerned about the significant increase over recent years in the numbers of prisoners in Ireland. We strongly recommend the adoption of a ‘decarceration strategy’; a declared intention by the Government to reduce the prison population by one-third over a ten-year period.”
The report was produced by Committee member Senator Ivana Bacik on behalf of the Justice Committee’s sub-committee on Penal Reform.