“I Needed Help, Instead I Was Punished” – Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia

Human Rights Watch, 2018

107 pp. 4.0 MB
https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/australia0218_web.pdf

Prisoners with disabilities represent disproportionate numbers in Australia’s overcrowded prisons, and disproportionately experience violence and abuse behind bars. This Human Rights Watch report found prisoners with psychological and cognitive disabilities are routinely placed in solitary confinement for weeks or even years. Accessible bathrooms for physically disabled prisoners were sorely lacking in 9 out of 14 prisons. Life behind bars is challenging for everyone. But prisoners with disabilities often struggle more than others to adjust to the extraordinary stresses of incarceration and may be at a higher risk of violence and abuse.

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