We have responsibility for the Strategic Review of Penal Policy and for driving the implementation of the recommendations on penal reform of the Penal Policy Review Group.

The aim of our penal policy is to make Ireland a safer and fairer place.

While punishment for those who commit crime is a central element of our justice system the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders is at the core of our penal system. This is the best way to achieve a reduction in re-offending.
To do this we work with the key agencies involved - the Irish Prison Service and the Probation Service.

We provide advice to the Minister on penal matters and are responsible for Ministerial appointments to:


We also liaise with the Office of the Inspector of Prisons.


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