Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign (ADJC)
The Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign (ADJC) is a national campaign addressing the incarceration of people with cognitive impairments in jails and psychiatric institutions as a result of being found unfit to plead / mentally impaired.
A significant number of Aboriginal people with cognitive impairment are currently being held in maximum security prisons, despite not having been convicted or sentenced for a crime that would require them to be held in such a facility.
Mr Marlon Noble
Ms Roseanne Fulton
The ADJC is campaigning on this issue across Australia.
This situation is in breach of Australia’s human rights obligations, including those rights contained in the:
- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
- UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
- Un Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
Sep 2014: The Victorian Law Reform Commission has published its report on the review of the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (CMIA).
Jan 2014: A joint inspection of the treatment of offenders with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system, UK Criminal Justice Joint Inspection (PDF, 768kb)
June 2014: Aboriginal people like Rosie Fulton deserve better - By Keyzer and McGee, ABC The Drum
March 2014: Roseanne Fulton a woman with intellectual disability has been detained in WA for 18 months without conviction - Read more.
December 2013: Letter from Minister Andrews Office on the inclusion of intellectual disability and acquired brain injury access to the Disability Support Pension for People for People Detained Under Mental Impairment Legislation
August 2013: People with mental health disorders and cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system - Cost-benefit analysis of early support and diversion (Word 440kb) Ruth McCausland, Prof Eileen Baldry, Sarah Johnson and Anna Cohen
August 2013: Letter to the Hon Mr Mark Dreyfus, Federal Attorney-General about the detention of people with a cognitive impairment (intellectual disability/ acquired brain injury) in prisons and psychiatric units across Australia
January 2013: Submission to the Senate Inquiry for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Word, 91kb
November 2012: Policing and the Mentally Ill: International Perspective Duncan Chappell (Editor)
May 2012: Lifecourse institutional costs of homelessness for vulnerable groups Prof Eileen Baldry, Dr Leanne Dowse, Ruth McCausland and Melissa Clarence