Transforming Prison to Support Young Adults – Report launch by Joanne O’Riordan

19 May

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice will launch a new report ‘Developing Inside: Transforming Prison for Young Adults’. The report sets out a new approach to the unique needs of young adults (aged 18 to 24) in prison. It will be launched by Joanne O’Riordan (@nolimbsnolimits). Other speakers will be Peter McVerry and Eoin Carroll.

Details: Tuesday 31st May, at 11am, Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2

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At the report launch, members of the press and public will be invited to ‘experience’ solitary confinement through the use of props and virtual reality

The Report Developing Inside: Transforming Prison for Young Adults provides an in-depth analysis of the unique needs of 18–24 year olds in prison, it examines the current reality, and outlines proposals for change. The report calls for radical policy reform on how we imprison young adults.

Joanne O’Riordan is a campaigner and activist on a number of issues including disability rights, and is currently studying for a degree in criminology in University College Cork. When Joanne was a baby, she visited Fort Mitchel Prison on Spike Island (Cork) after the young adults imprisoned there organised a fundraiser for her.

Peter McVerry SJ is a social justice advocate with a particular focus on homelessness. Peter is a visiting prison chaplain and member of the Jesuit Centre team.

Eoin Carroll is Advocacy Officer with the Jesuit Centre. Eoin co-ordinated the production of the report. His background is in social policy analysis.


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