It’s all too evident how an Aboriginal woman with an intellectual disability might end up incarcerated without even a trial.
What if the NSW and Australian governments were invested in disability services as much as they claim during election campaigns? It’d mean confronting the situation for some of the most vulnerable disabled Australians – even the politically unpopular ones, like disabled inmates.
Governments across the country are cynically deploying the language of emergency in order to create long-lasting systemic changes to the labour system in employing prisoners.
When the poor do attempt to fight for economic justice, repression is swift.
Criminality is conceptualized as bad enough to invalidate someone’s right to receive medical care.
If you suggest that maybe, just maybe, building more prisons is dealing with the wrong end of the supply/demand problem, it sounds to people as if you just suggested that they should let someone slit their throats and go sell their TV for crack.