We visit ICPO clients overseas whenever possible. The ICPO London office engages in an extensive prison visiting programme in the UK, while the Maynooth office visits a number of clients in the United States and Europe each year. In 2014 we also conducted prison visits in Australia for the first time.
These visits serve a number of important functions. They provide ICPO clients with an opportunity to speak to someone from home. It is also helpful to discuss certain issues face-to-face. These visits also allow the ICPO to assess a client’s needs in order to help the prisoner prepare for his or her release.
While it can be challenging to find regular prison visitors outside the UK, through links with various lay and religious organisations we are able to provide many ICPO clients with visitors. We are extremely grateful to all those who visit Irish prisoners on our behalf.