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Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. (2017) Ireland and the Convention Against Torture. Submission to the United Nations Committee against Torture on Ireland’s second periodic report. Dublin: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has prepared a detailed report on Ireland’s record under the Convention to help inform the Committee’s assessment of Ireland’s performance on combating torture and ill treatment, providing recommendations regarding issues of concern. This report was submitted to the Committee in advance of the State examination.

Drugs are mentioned in this report. See, for example, page 30: Healthcare in prisons
…..Prisoners’ health and social care needs are different and often more acute than those of the general population. Drug treatment programmes vary across prisons, which is inadequate considering the recognition that ‘addiction is a major contributory factor in criminality and prison affords a unique environment in which to support offenders to address their addiction’. Certain harm reduction measures operating in the community (such as needle exchange programmes and overdose preventative drugs) are generally unavailable in prisons, despite evidence that prisoners inject drugs. There are insufficient emphases on treating addiction to benzodiazepines, psychoactive substances and alcohol. Community-based addiction services should be available for prisoners upon release to seek to ensure continuity of care.
Recommendation: The Commission recommends increased resourcing for comprehensive and holistic addiction treatments across prisons.


Date:July 2017
Pages:68 p.
Publisher:Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Corporate Creators:Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Prison-based health service
MM-MO Crime and law > Legal rights > Civil rights
MM-MO Crime and law > Legal rights > Rights of persons who use substances (users)
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)
T Demographic characteristics > Offender
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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