Public Advocate launches Enabling Justice report
From left: Colleen Pearce OPA, Wayne Muir, VALS, Julie Edwards, JSS, Rob Hulls, CIJ.
In August, during Brain Injury Awareness Week, the Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, launched the landmark report from the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) project 'Recognition, Respect, Support: Enabling Justice for People with an Acquired Brain Injury'.
The launch featured an interview conducted by Centre for Innovative Justice’s Director, Rob Hulls, of two participants from the project's Justice User Group who have lived experience of ABI and the criminal justice system. The participants delivered powerful examples of how the criminal justice system has failed to recognise their disability and has failed, time and again, to provide them with respect and support.
The report finds that the gross over-representation of people with an acquired brain injury in our prison system will only be reduced if the voices of people with an ABI are taken seriously and their needs are addressed by the criminal justice system.
Two versions of the report are available - one short and one long.
The Enabling Justice project, a partnership between the Centre for Innovative Justice and Jesuit Social Service, was funded by a grant administered through the Office of the Public Advocate.
Rather than the end of a process, the launch of this report is regarded as, in the words of a project participant, the first of many "stepping stones to making things different".
For more information and to download the report, visit Enabling Justice.