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Oversight of Prison Conditions and Investigations of Deaths in Custody: International Human Rights Standards and the Practice in Ireland

NCJ Number
Prison Journal Volume: 91 Issue: 1 Dated: March 2011 Pages: 81-102
Agnieszka Martynowicz
Date Published
March 2011
22 pages
This article examines prison reform and prisoners'rights in Ireland prisons.
This article examines the mechanisms currently available in Ireland for the oversight of prison conditions and investigation of deaths in custody. It further analyses those against international human rights standards. The establishment of appropriate oversight and investigative mechanisms is increasingly important in the context of the deteriorating conditions in Irish prisons that have been regularly criticized by international bodies such as the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture. This article concludes that some significant reforms are needed in Ireland to ensure effective protection of prisoners' rights. (Published Abstract)