Early intervention and diversion away from the criminal justice system can enable Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities to live with dignity.
The predictable path into prison for Aboriginal people with disabilities is preventable. Here are some solutions.
Early support could save lives and allow Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability to live with dignity in their communities.
Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are managed mostly by police, courts, prison and hospitals. It's costing us millions, when kinder and cheaper alternatives exist.
Police often don’t recognise that someone has an intellectual disability or brain injury due to a lack of training in this area, researchers have heard.
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Police have become the default frontline response to Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities, setting this group up for a lifetime of 'management' by the criminal justice system.
The needs of Aboriginal women with disabilities are not being met by any human service system, research shows.
Research suggests serious problems with the way Aboriginal women, particularly those with mental and cognitive disabilities, are "managed" by the criminal justice system.
Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are ‘managed’ by police, courts and prisons due to a lack of appropriate community-based services.
Australia's high rates of imprisonment and re-imprisonment of Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities is not only shameful, it is entirely predictable and preventable.