Ireland’s Prison Service – Life After Prison

Nicole Cassidy, Caitlín Laird, Catherine Gallagher, Ciara O’Loughlin, Amy Donohoe, and Sabrine Donohoe, - Michael Walsh, Callum Lavery, David Kelly

JR3 Public Affairs Journalism

Are Irish prisons working? Is Ireland’s asylum system fit for purpose? Final-year DCU journalism students conducted in-depth investigations into these two major questions in Irish public life. Working with School of Communications Journalist-in-Residence, Ursula Halligan, and Chair of the BA in Journalism, Declan Fahy, students worked in teams to produce a set of original multi-media articles on these pressing, but under-reported, public affairs topics.

Life After Prison: Personal Stories

With a reoffence rate of more than 60 percent in Ireland, prisoners face significant difficulties leading law-abiding lives after they are released. Here are the personal testimonies of two men — one a psychotherapist and one an author and artist — who went against this trend, serving their time and going on to forge productive lives.

Nicole Cassidy, Caitlín Laird, Catherine Gallagher, Ciara O’Loughlin, Amy Donohoe, and Sabrine Donohoe.

Michael Walsh, Callum Lavery, David Kelly