Supporting Indigenous people with disability in contact with the justice system: a systematic scoping review

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Walsh, Corinne, Puszka, Stefanie, Markham, Francis, Barney, Jody, Yap, Mandy and Dreise, Tony. 2023. "Supporting Indigenous people with disability in contact with the justice system: a systematic scoping review." Disability and Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2023.2215395
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Supporting Indigenous people with disability in contact with the justice system: a systematic scoping review

ERA Journal ID35345
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsWalsh, Corinne, Puszka, Stefanie, Markham, Francis, Barney, Jody, Yap, Mandy and Dreise, Tony
Journal TitleDisability and Society
Number of Pages38
Year2023
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0968-7599
1360-0508
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2023.2215395
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687599.2023.2215395
AbstractThe relationship between race, disability and criminality is complex and poorly understood. Scant information, and lack of action, exists on how to best keep Indigenous people with disability out of the justice system, and support this cohort while in the system. This systematic scoping review collates grey and peer-reviewed literature in Australia, Aotearoa (New Zealand), the United States and Canada, to gain insight into the current practices in place for justice-involved Indigenous people with disability, and list promising principles which may inform future practice. We identified 1,301 sources, and 19 of these met the inclusion criteria. Across these sources, nine key principles emerged: need for Indigenous designed, led and owned approaches; appropriately identify and respond to disability/needs; appropriate court models; appropriate diversionary options; therapeutic, trauma-informed, strengths-based and agency-building responses; facilitate connection to family, community and support networks; break down communication barriers; protect human rights; and provide post-release support.
KeywordsDisability; Indigenous; justice system; support; needs; human rights
ANZSRC Field of Research 20204501. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Byline AffiliationsAustralian National University
Charles Darwin University
Deaf Indigenous Community Consultancy, Australia
University of Southern Queensland
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