School of Law Lecturer wins President's Award for Societal Impact

President Ciáran Ó hÓgartaigh presenting Dr. Diarmuid Griffin with his award.
Dec 03 2019 Posted: 18:59 GMT

Congratulations to Dr Diarmuid Griffin who was presented with a President's Award for Societal Impact at a special event on 20 November 2019. Diarmuid was successfully awarded for his pioneering work on sentencing and release of life sentence prisoners in Ireland and is highly commended for his efforts in terms of national policy change and practices to prepare for the release of life sentence prisoners.  Before Diarmuid’s research and public engagement activities over a decade ago, at a national level there was little information on the release of life sentence prisoners.  His work has engaged directly with the Prison system in Ireland, Life sentence prisoners, Dáil question lines, advocating and influencing of policy, judicial citations and his work has most recently culminated in the creation and the passing of the Parole Act 2019.

Read more at Diarmuid's Case Study.


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