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In the News: Ireland’s Strategy for Women Offenders
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A recent article in the Village, an Irish publication, discusses the approach the Irish Prison Service is taking toward their increasing population of women offenders. Imprison fewer women highlights limitations in both current facilities and Imprison fewer womenincarceration alternatives for a largely non-violent female population.

From the article:

  • Between 2005 and 2010, there was a dramatic 87% increase in the number of women committed to prison in Ireland.
  • On average, only about 3-4% of the total prison population are women.
  • Because women only make up a small minority of the prison population, conditions in women’s prisons tend to be overlooked in the formation and application of penal policy.
  • The Probation Service and Irish Prison Service have launched a Strategy for 2014-16, entitled ‘An Effective Response to Women who Offend’, which sets out how the two agencies will work together with other statutory, community and voluntary sector partners to reduce offending and imprisonment rates among women.
  • This Strategy is similar to many actions outlined in the Position Paper, Women in the Criminal Justice System – Towards a non-custodial approach, from the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) .

Read the full article

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Posted Tue, Dec 16 2014 7:36 AM by Susan Powell
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