Abused Behind Bars

Prisoners with disabilities represent disproportionate numbers in Australia’s overcrowded prisons, and disproportionately experience violence and abuse behind bars.

A heartbreaking 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.

Disabled people make up 18% of Australia’s population but almost 50% of its prison intake. Racism toward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who make up 28% of the prisoners and just 2% of the national population, was common.

Human Rights Watch

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