Prisons & Probation

Prisons and Probation Policy Division

Prisons and Probation Policy Division is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance to the Irish Prison Service and the Probation Service in line with agreed policy objectives.

The division also discharges ministerial functions in relation to the prisons, including:

  • appointments to prison visiting committees
  • acting as liaison with the Interim Parole Board, the Inspector of Prisons and places of detention
  • processing applications under the Transfer of Sentenced Persons legislation


The Peace Commissioners Unit also comes under the auspices of Prisons and Probation Policy Division. This Unit processes nominations for appointment to the Office of Peace Commissioner.

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