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  • Homily Notes for Issue 83 of Working Notes

    Homily NotesOur most recent edition of Working Notes, Issue 83, deals with the theme of the Harm of Inaction. It features articles from experts around Europe that reflect on harm in the light of the Centre’s four focus areas: penal policy, environmental justice, economic ethics, and housing and homelessness. Kevin Hargaden provides homily notes to accompany this edition.

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  • Skehan's Claims Are Careless and Misleading

    conor skehan webThe former chair of the Housing Agency, Conor Skehan, appeared on RTÉ One’s Claire Byrne Live last night to discuss the ongoing housing crisis. A number of assertions he makes during the interview as well as his attack on services provided for people experiencing homelessness need to be challenged, says Kevin Hargaden.

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  • 2018 in Review: Prison News

    prison 2018 webEoin Carroll reviews the past year in prison news, in which the JCFJ discussed the needs of young adults in prison, prisoners sleeping on cell floors, and the reliability of prison statistics. To mark Prisoners' Sunday, we also analysed the increasing numbers on extended lock-up (19-23hrs), the Oireachtas Justice Committee’s report on penal reform, the role of the Inspector of Prisons in establishing and monitoring standards and the visit of Pope Francis.

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People in prison are amongst the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. The majority have left school early, experience literacy and learning difficulties and have a history of unemployment... Click here to view all of our material on Penal Policy

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Working Notes: Time for Justice

Working Notes: Time for Justice


‘Women should be imprisoned only if the offences they have committed are of such seriousness that the protection of the public, or the interests of justice, require that they receive a custodial sentence’; ‘where women need to be imprisoned, they should be detained in small, geographically-dispersed, multi-functional custodial units, not large prisons’; ‘both custodial and non-custodial penalties should try to address the complex social and personal problems that generally underlie women’s offending’; ‘women’s prisons should never be located on the same sites as prisons for men’.


These were some of the key conclusions of a review of the imprisonment of women in England and Wales conducted in 2006–2007 by Baroness Jean Corston, which she highlighted in an address to a seminar held by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice on 22 May 2008. This issue of Working Notes opens with an article based on that address.

The seminar, ‘Women in Prison: the Need for a Critical Review’, was held against the background of significant developments in policy in Ireland in relation to the imprisonment of women. The overall prison capacity for women is to be doubled – which inevitably means that imprisonment will not be reserved for the most serious offences. The main women’s prison, the Dóchas Centre in Dublin, is to be moved from its city centre location, which is close to services and is convenient for families wishing to visit prisoners, to the Thornton Hall site, which is ten kilometres from the city centre and will be much less accessible. Both the planned new Dóchas Centre, and the proposed new women’s prison at Kilworth, Co. Cork, will be located on the same sites as prisons for men... read more


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Women in Prison: The Corston Report What Does God Think of Irish Prisons?
Crime and Punishment: A Christian Perspective Building Sustainable Communities – The Role of Housing Policy


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