IPRT call for participants in discussion about Travellers in prison

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is Ireland’s leading non-governmental organisation campaigning for the rights of people in prison and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy.
Recently, IPRT began a research study on the needs and experiences of Travellers in the Irish prison system. Its key goal is that the Irish Prison Service will develop a policy specifically on Travellers, informed by the recommendations arising from this research. The study is being conducted in close consultation with Pavee Point, the Irish Traveller Movement and the National Traveller Women’s Forum.
The most important part of this research will involve interviews with Travellers (men and women) who have spent at least six months in prison in total. In this way, the study aims to provide a direct voice for Travellers on the issues facing Travellers in prison in Ireland. Participation in the research will be strictly anonymous.
IPRT hopes to interview 20 people during September and October 2013. To achieve this, we are relying on the support of Traveller organisations. If you think your organisation could help us recruit interviewees, or if you would like more information on the study, please contact Liza at 01–8741400 or research@iprt.ie. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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