Upcoming Events

National | Crime and Justice

no events match your query!

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link No law for the powerful, strict enforcement for decent citizens

offsite link Garda corruption: the stripped down truth Anthony

offsite link Will Pat Hickey turn up for his trial? Anthony

offsite link Garda breath tests letter Anthony

offsite link Daniel McConnell: Happy to wear establishment blinkers Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Syrian War Report ? February 23, 2018: Syrian Army Enters YPG-held Part Of Aleppo, Turkey Strikes Co... Sat Feb 24, 2018 03:19 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... On February 22, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered into and established a full control of the YPG-held neighborhoods of Aleppo city, according to pro-government sources. A

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/02/23 ? Open Thread Fri Feb 23, 2018 18:00 | Herb Swanson
2018/02/23 18:00:01 Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions

offsite link Globally Top-Respected Experts on Middle East Warn Syrian War May Produce WW III Fri Feb 23, 2018 17:08 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker blog Abdel Bari Atwan, the retired editor-in-chief (1989-2013) of the pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi and author of widely respected books on the

offsite link 23 February 2014, SitRep Sevastopol Fri Feb 23, 2018 15:11 | The Saker
Today, 23 February, is the anniversary of the City of Sevastopol cementing it?s course of leaving Ukraine. I personally think that soon this will be a holiday in this City

offsite link Syrian War Report ? February 22, 2018: Russia Moves Its Advanced Su-57 Stealth Fighters Into Syria Fri Feb 23, 2018 05:20 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... On February 21, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Qara Baba, Kirbet Siluki and Vergan from the Kurdish People?s Protection

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link Repeal and Replace? Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:58 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Shifting Sands Under the Abortion Debate Mon Jan 15, 2018 09:30 | GuestPost

offsite link Liberty, the ICCL, and other NGO groups? landmark challenge against the UK Government?s mass surveil... Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:56 | admin

offsite link What Ireland can gain from international guidance on Article 19 UNCRPD Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:53 | Eilionoir Flynn

offsite link Repeal or Replace? Tue Oct 03, 2017 06:31 | Fiona de Londras

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Anti-Conscription Conference ? 18th April 2018 17:55 Sun Feb 25, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Stupid statements addendum: UK universities strike update 12:03 Sun Feb 25, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Sunday and the Week?s Media and other Stupid Statements 07:44 Sun Feb 25, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link SBP/RedC poll? FF up. 18:46 Sat Feb 24, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago: L7?s view on Trump and the world 14:26 Sat Feb 24, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

IPRT welcomes commencement of fines legislation

category national | crime and justice | press release author Monday January 11, 2016 23:14author by IPRT - Irish Penal Reform Trust Report this post to the editors

Irish Penal Reform Trust - Press Release - Jan 11th 2016

IPRT welcomes commencement of legislation to address “damaging and wasteful” practice of imprisonment for fines default

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) strongly welcomes the commencement today (Monday 11 January 2016) by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014, including the introduction of the facility to pay court-ordered fines by instalment, more than 5 years after it was first included in the Fines Act 2010.

IPRT particularly welcomes that imprisonment will be a sanction of “last resort” for fines default, used only when other sanctions have failed.

IPRT has campaigned strenuously for an end to the damaging and wasteful practice of imprisonment for fines default for many years. Imprisonment for fines default represents a completely ineffective use of Garda, Courts and Irish Prison Service time and resources. In 2014, over 55% (8,979) of total committals to prison in Ireland were for fines default. Of these, over 25% (2,334) were female – a practice which can be traumatic to families, children and dependent relatives.

Responding today, IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone said:

“This is a victory for common sense: imprisoning people for failure to pay court ordered fines is not only socially damaging, it creates an illogical and additional burden on an already strained prison system. Ending the practice of imprisonment for failure to pay fines will reduce unnecessary and damaging committals to prison, as well as saving the taxpayer money.”

A commitment to ending the practice of imprisonment for fines default was a key inclusion in the Programme for Government, alongside ending imprisonment of children in St Patrick’s Institution.

While strongly welcoming the commencement of the Act, IPRT previously raised issues with the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014 during its progression through the Oireachtas:


  • IPRT welcomes that a person’s ability to pay a fine is now taken into account when the Court is setting the level of that fine.
  • However, the instalment option does not apply to fines over the level of €100. Even €100 may be a significant amount of money for families in the current economic climate, and IPRT believes that the limit (100 euro) below which a fine cannot be paid in instalments should be removed.
  • Instalments must be paid over a period of 12 months. IPRT was disappointed that a provision in the Fines Act 2010, which had allowed greater flexibility with instalments to be repaid over 24 months in some cases, was not retained in the 2014 Act.
  • IPRT accepts that an administration fee may be necessary, but in relation to larger fines we do not believe that a 10% charge can be justified in all cases, and that the administration fee should be capped.


For further comment from IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone, please contact Fíona on: 087 181 2990

NOTES:

1. Over 55% of the total committals to prison in 2014 were for fines default: 8,979 committals out of a total 16,155 committals (Source: Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2014).

2. Imprisonment for fines 2007-14:

Year Fines

2014 8,979; of these, 2,334 were female committals

2013 8,121; of these, 1,894 were female committals

2012 8,304

2011 7,514

2010 6,683

2009 4,806

2008 2,520

2007 1,335; of these, 163 were female committals

(Source: Irish Prison Service Annual Reports 2007-2014)

3. People imprisoned for fines default are twice as likely to return to prison than other categories of prisoner: 85.4% compared with a general average of 42%.

(Source: O’Donnell, Palmer and Hughes (2008) ‘Recidivism in the Republic of Ireland’ in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 8(2))

4. Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) | www.iprt.ie

IPRT is Ireland's leading non-governmental organisation campaigning for the rights of everyone in prison and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy, with prison as a last resort.

Related Link: http://www.iprt.ie/contents/2843
© 2001-2018 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy