The aim of our penal policy is to make Ireland a safer and fairer place.
While punishment for those who commit crime is a central element of our justice system the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders is at the core of our penal system. This is the best way to achieve a reduction in re-offending.
To do this we work with the key agencies involved - the Irish Prison Service and the Probation Service.
We provide advice to the Minister on penal matters and are responsible for Ministerial appointments to:
- The Parole Board
- The Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board
- Prison Visiting Committees and
- Peace Commissioners
We also liaise with the Office of the Inspector of Prisons.