young disabled woman who was unable to speak was reportedly “half dragged and half carried” from a taxi in a “shocking” incident allegedly witnessed by community workers.
Behind Bars Part 4: Australia’s shocking cruelty to Aboriginal people with disabilities: overcrowding, no medical treatment, no accessibility
The result of this underfunding is major overcrowding. It is lack of accessibility for the diverse and sometimes complex needs of people with disabilities. It is the lack of medical services for people who need medical care. And it is staff who are under-trained, who are expected to control the inmates in overflowing prisons, rather than treating them humanely. Able-bodied and healthy prisoners may be able to cope with prison guards being inconsiderate, abusive, and worse. For people with disabilities, the results can range from humiliating, to dangerous.
Kriti Sharma, a disability researcher at Human Rights Watch, joined Chris Mason to discuss the current situation for disabled prisoners in Australia.
‘I needed help, instead I was punished’: Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia
People with disabilities, particularly a cognitive or psychosocial disability, are overrepresented in the criminal justice system in Australia—comprising around 18 percent of the country’s population, but almost 50 percent of people entering prison.
A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) suggests Pete’s story is not uncommon. It has uncovered widespread instances of abuse of prisoners with disabilities in Australia.
A nurse has been fired after horrific footage emerged of him allegedly abusing a patient who suffers from a disability at a Melbourne hospital.
Queensland woman, Maree Crabtree has been arrested, accused of poisoning her two adult children, Erin and Jonathon, with prescription medications over a period of five years. Both victims have been described as “severely disabled”.
Man with intellectual disability released from Melbourne prison after judge ‘horrified’ by conditions
Victoria Supreme Court judge has granted bail to a young man with a profound intellectual disability after telling an earlier hearing he was “horrified” by the conditions the man was being detained in.
Last night ABC TV’s 7.30 program told the story of Francis, a young man with severe disabilities trapped inside the Melbourne Assessment Prison because, under the NDIS, there was no-one willing to care for him on the outside.
Heartbreaking story on 7.30 last night about “Francis” a young man with an intellectual disability and autism that was stuck in Melbourne Assessment Prison because there was nowhere else for him to go. MP Martin Foley has put measures in place to get him out of there, however this situation is not unique, there are … Continued