Supports for families of prisoners


While there is no national organisation with sole responsibility for providing information or support to families affected by imprisonment, there are some voluntary organisations that do.

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is a non-governmental organisation that campaigns for the rights of prisoners. It does not provide a service but on its website you can find a range of helpful publications and information for prisoners and their families. It also has contact details of organisations that provide advice and/or assistance to prisoners and former prisoners, and their friends and families. In 2012 it published "Picking Up the Pieces": The Rights and Needs of Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment.

St Nicholas Trust is a Cork-based organisation that offers help and support to anybody affected by imprisonment – in particular the families of prisoners.

Bedford Row Family Project is based in Limerick and supports family members affected by the imprisonment of one or more of their family.

Clondalkin Addiction Support Programme (CASP) has produced a series of videos on visiting prison for families.

Page edited: 19 August 2014