OPSIDIANET Newsletter is a periodic newsletter offering information on recent developments related to the rights of suspects and accused with psycho-social or intellectual disabilities. The third issue of the newsletter gives a general overview of the project, presents the newly published report ‘Vulnerable Offenders: The Rights of Suspects and Accused with Psychosocial and Intellectual Disabilities’, […]
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Recognising the pivotal role, played by criminal justice authorities in identifying and deciding on the most appropriate course of action in situations, involving offenders with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, this methodology is intended as an introduction to working with such individuals. It covers the essential information to help authorities identify this group of people. […]
People with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities comprise a disproportionate number of the people who are arrested, who come before the courts and who are deprived from liberty. The reasons for this are complex, but are generally attributed to clinical risk factors, such as co-occurring substance use problems and treatment non-compliance, as well as social […]
This background paper offers a review of the methodologies for identifying suspects and accused persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities and the practical tools for addressing their special needs and facilitating their participation in the proceedings. It was developed within the framework of the project Offenders with Psycho-Social and Intellectual Disabilities: Identification, Assessment of Needs […]
New Jersey lawmakers have passed a bill that is among the most progressive legislative reform to the practice of solitary confinement in the US. The bill would drastically restrict solitary confinement to a maximum of 20 consecutive days or 30 days total over the course of 60 days — a huge reduction of the indefinite […]
Officials agree that growing numbers of people with mental health disorders in Colorado’s criminal justice system is a crisis. But, in a hearing this week at the Capitol, several lawmakers said that the 20-year-old task force set up to help address that challenge has been hamstrung by a lack of staff, a lack of authority […]
A prosecutor’s decision last month to drop three high-profile criminal cases in Chittenden County has prompted a legislative review of the state’s justice system. Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George said she dropped two murder charges, and one charge of attempted murder, because she was unable to prove the defendants weren’t legally insane when they […]
Rising mental health concerns post-Hurricane Michael led Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to host part three of her round table series in Bay County. “I thought it was important to get up here. I think this is a place doing unique things,” said Attorney General Moody. “Sheriff Ford has tried new programs that are working.” […]
People experiencing homelessness and poor mental health are among Australia’s most vulnerable citizens. Without secure housing and an accessible mental healthcare system, recovery from mental illness is seriously compromised. And the upcoming Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will be judged by how it responds to this crisis of mental health and housing. In […]
The Delhi High Court has agreed to examine a legal question as to whether the laws on disabilities and mental healthcare are applicable on persons suffering from mental illness. Justice V K Rao sought response from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on applicability of three Acts — Mental […]
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