Around Australia people with disabilities are increasingly over-imprisoned and over-looked by our justice system. Join us for an expert panel examining this issue and the possibility of a fairer, more humane approach.
When: Thursday 15 February, 12.45pm – 2.00pm
Where: King & Wood Mallesons, Level 50, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne
Tickets: This event is sold out
The panel will feature:
Kriti Sharma – Disability Rights Researcher at Human Rights Watch, who recently authored a report based on 275 interviews with prisoners in Australia, documenting how people with disabilities are particularly at-risk of neglect and abuse in prisons.
Tim Marsh – Chief Counsel in Victoria Legal Aid’s Chambers, who is an expert in the way the criminal law responds to people with disabilities and specialises in defending people who are either unfit to plead or mentally impaired.
Dr John Chesterman – Director of Strategy at the Victorian Office of the Public Advocate, who works to safeguard the rights and interests of people with a disability.
The panel will be facilitated by Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who leads the Centre’s work advocating for the rights and dignity of people behind bars.