Penal reform group to present research on community service

Penal reform group to present research on community service

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), in association with the Irish Criminal Bar Association, has announced plans to hold a seminar and launch a major research study on the operation of community service as an alternative to custodial sanctions in Ireland.

Examining the comparative use, experience, and outcomes of community service orders as alternatives to short prison sentences in Ireland by Dr Kate O’Hara is the outcome of a three-year PhD research project co-funded by the Irish Research Council and IPRT in association with Dublin Institute of Technology.

The research examined the application of Community Service Orders (CSOs) and short prison sentences across court type and jurisdiction from 2011. The experiences and perceptions of punishment by those who received alternate sanctions were also explored.

The findings will be presented at a seminar on Wednesday, with speakers including Dr O’Hara as well as Maeve Brett, regional manager of the Probation Service; Professor Mary Rogan of Trinity College Dublin; and barrister David Perry.

Judge David Riordan will chair the event.

  • Date: Wednesday 11th October 2017
  • Time: 4.30-6pm
  • Venue: Jury Room, Criminal Courts of Justice
  • CPD Points: 1.5 hours
  • To register for this event, RSVP to

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