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    Human Rights in Irish Prisons

    Hamilton, Claire and Kilkelly, Ursula (2008) Human Rights in Irish Prisons. Judicial Studies Institute Journal (2). pp. 58-85. ISSN 1649-1262

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    The Irish prison system is currently undergoing significant reform. Old and dilapidated prison buildings are finally being replaced with new ones at Thornton Hall in Dublin and Kilworth in Cork, and while they have many problematic elements, not least the scale and location of what is proposed, the new prisons will bring improved conditions for those detained there. The revision of the Prison Rules and the establishment of the Prisons Inspectorate on a statutory basis are also welcome developments, insofar as they aim to introduce greater regulation and accountability into this much neglected area of Irish law. Ireland is bound by several international instruments in the area of prisoners’ rights and penal policy, and the ongoing reform in the Irish prison system means that the time is opportune to consider the extent to which these legal obligations are currently met, and to evaluate what needs to be done to ensure greater compliance. The aim of this article is thus to examine Ireland’s record in prisoners’ rights against international standards, and to determine where reform needs to take place in order to ensure full respect for the rights of prisoners in Irish law, policy and practice. It begins with a commentary on the importance of international standards.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Human Rights; Irish Prisons; Ireland; Prisoners' Rights;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 5996
    Depositing User: Claire Hamilton
    Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 15:59
    Journal or Publication Title: Judicial Studies Institute Journal
    Publisher: Judicial Studies Institute
    Refereed: No
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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