This article considers the changing dynamics of incarceration in the North of Ireland following its emergence from three decades of war. Against a backdrop of the Conflict’s legacy, it analyses the Prison Service’s failure to transform. Contextualised within the devolution of governing powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly, it considers the critical findings of an independent review of prisons and cumulative negative inspectorate reports, revealing a systemic deficit in prisoners’ rights. In a jurisdiction where human rights was a central pillar in transitioning from war to peace, it demonstrates the failure of the State’s rhetorical commitment to prisoners’ rights. Given the centrality of political-economic investment in rights principles in progressing ‘conflict resolution’ it questions whether ‘humane containment’ within ‘healthy prisons’ can be compatible with ‘human rights’. It proposes that investment in community-based initiatives offers a progressive, rights-based framework within which decarceration can be realised and the abolition of imprisonment progressed.
|Title of host publication||Human Rights and Incarceration|
|Subtitle of host publication||Critical Explorations|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology|