Disability and imprisonment issues

The issue of mental health and its intersection with the criminal justice system has gained traction in recent years, but there remains a limited examination of the full remit of offenders with disabilities and cognitive impairments in prison, and the ways in which punishment is utilised to respond, control and contain these individual’s lives.  This is a key focus of ImO for 2016/2017.

The rising over-representation of individual’s with either/or both mental illness, disabilities or cognitive impairments in the criminal justice system and in prisons in particular, is a trend that is global. Many researchers connected to ImO are beginning to interrogate the practices and implications of punishment and imprisonment or detention in all its forms as it is directed towards these populations.

Current & recent projects

2015-2017, Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, National Disability Research and Development Research Scheme, Unfitness to Plead and Indefinite Detention of Persons with Cognitive Impairments: Addressing the Legal Barriers and Creating Appropriate Alternative Supports in the Community.

2016, Monash University, Mental Impairment & Imprisonment: Identifying best practice support within and beyond the prison

2014 – 2017, Office of the Public Advocate grant, Enhancing the rights and well-being of people with acquired brain injuries in the criminal justice system

2010-2014, ARC Linkage Research Grant, Indigenous People with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System.

Recent Publications

Segrave, M., Eriksson, A., & Spivakovsky, C. (Eds.) (forthcoming) ‘Special Issue: The maelstrom of punishment, mental illness, disability and cognitive impairment’, Punishment and Society, 19(3), 2017.