Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Penal Policy Review Group

Patrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party)
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243. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the Consultative Council on Penal Policy, in particular its membership and its work; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30726/20]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Penal reform is a priority issue for me as the Minister for Justice and Equality and is reflected in the current Programme for Government, which includes a commitment to establish a Penal Policy Consultative Council to advise on penal policy.

I am pleased to advise the Deputy that officials within my Department are expected to have concluded an examination of how best to take the commitment forward by the end of this year.

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