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.
The ADJC is campaigning on this issue across Australia.
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.
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)
7 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
12 March 2013: Interview on Done By Law with Jordana Cohen
27 January 2013: Submission to the Senate Inquiry for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Word, 91kb