Get Real: Talking mental health & disability

Episode 29: Why are there so many people with disabilities in prison?

March 31, 2021 The team at ermha365 Season 1 Episode 29
Get Real: Talking mental health & disability
Episode 29: Why are there so many people with disabilities in prison?
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Get Real: Talking mental health & disability
Episode 29: Why are there so many people with disabilities in prison?
Mar 31, 2021 Season 1 Episode 29
The team at ermha365

People with a disability are chronically over-represented in the criminal justice system in Australia, making up 29% of the prison population, despite being only 18% the general population.

This is a situation that has to change, something that the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is hearing very clearly.

Today Karenza Louis-Smith from ermha365 talks to Patrick McGee, national manager for policy, advocacy and research at the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and Eileen Baldry AO, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Criminology at UNSW Sydney.

We have only just scratched the surface of this very important topic – expect to hear more later this year. 

Show Notes

People with a disability are chronically over-represented in the criminal justice system in Australia, making up 29% of the prison population, despite being only 18% the general population.

This is a situation that has to change, something that the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is hearing very clearly.

Today Karenza Louis-Smith from ermha365 talks to Patrick McGee, national manager for policy, advocacy and research at the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and Eileen Baldry AO, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Criminology at UNSW Sydney.

We have only just scratched the surface of this very important topic – expect to hear more later this year.