Criminal justice system
We are working to address the rights of offenders with learning disabililties.
Mental health in prisons: let's stop and think20 January 2016, Josefien Breedvelt
Following the Prison Ombudsman's report on mental health services in prisons, Josefien Breedvelt looks at the current situation and what needs to change.
Many people are still surprised to hear how many prisoners may have learning disabilities30 July 2012,
Prisoners with learning disabilities are five times more likely than other prisoners to experience control and restraint, three times more likely to experience segregation and three times more likely to have depression or anxiety.
There is a real danger of learning disabled offenders spending more time in prison than necessary27 January 2012,
With 25% of the prison population having an IQ of less than 80 and a further 25% with a ‘hidden disability’ it seems timely and appropriate to try and meet the needs of this large group of people.
Assessing needs of each offender and preventative measures are essential to cut reoffending rates13 May 2011,
A new report disclosed the flaws in the current system of sentencing and also highlights the need to investigate the real reasons behind reoffending further.