People with Disabilities in Prison: Challenges & Good Practice

Americas, Events, June 13 2018

NEW YORK, USA: For those in New York for the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, please join hosts The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, First Peoples Disability Network Australia, Disability Rights Fund and Human Rights Watch for an interactive discussion with experts and advocates to discuss the risks and challenges faced by people with disabilities living behind bars and concrete steps that can be taken to address them.

‘People with Disabilities in Prison: Challenges & Good Practice’

On Wednesday, 13 June from 3:00 – 4:15pm at UN Headquarters, Conference Room B

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Persons with disabilities are overrepresented in the criminal justice systems in many countries around the world. Without adequate access to support services, they struggle to cope in often overcrowded prisons and routinely experience bullying, harassment, and physical and sexual violence. Due to a lack of staff sensitivity and training, prisoners with disabilities often face excessive force or end up disproportionately locked up in solitary confinement for 22 hours or more a day.

The event will discuss the risks and challenges that persons with disabilities experience in prisons around the world, with a focus on groups that experience multiple and compounding forms of disadvantage, discrimination, and neglect due to their background, gender, or ethnicity.


Alastair McEwin, Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Damian Griffis, CEO, First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) & Co-chair, Change the Record Coalition

Marcia Richard, Peer Support Line Operator at NYC Well & Community Access participant with lived experience of the US criminal justice system

Britney Wilson, Attorney and Bertha Justice Fellow, Centre for Constitutional Rights

Kriti Sharma, Disability Rights Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Source: IDA_CRDP Forum

Re-posted with permission.

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