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Michelle Enbom

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Victoria Legal > Penal And Parole
Social Welfare > Disabled And Disadvantaged
To learn new ways to manage intellectually disabled offenders including transition to the community - Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, UK, USA
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Recommendations

As part of my Churchill travels I was provided with a large amount of information from different prisons, community groups, educational institutes and community services throughout the world. In Australia as in other countries there are some good services for persons with intellectual disabilities in the community and in some prisons. I make the following recommendations with the intentions of further advancing the discussions on improving the lives of persons with an Intellectual Disability in prisons and the community.

  1. That every prison in Victoria have purpose built units for prisoners with an Intellectual Disability. The units should be purpose built taking into account the environmental needs of this group.
  2. Persons with an Intellectual Disability must be segregated from mainstream populations.
  3. The units need to be managed around therapeutic communities with the view to social therapies.
  4. Every inmate with an Intellectual Disability has the opportunity to attend education classes designed specifically to meet there needs.
  5. Every inmate with an Intellectual Disability has an assessment of needs to better inform the prisons system of what supports are required when incarcerated. From this assessment these inmates need to be accommodated in units that can meet these needs.
  6. There needs to be substantial investment made into workforce development. Staff need to be equipped to work with this cohort.
  7. There needs to be a standard form of easy read/pictorial information about the prison and individuals rights for those coming into the prison system.
  8. There needs to be more multi agency collaboration and sharing of reports, assessments, risks and other pertinent information.
  9. Alternatives to custody need to be considered. Prison is not always the right place for this cohort.
  10. Alternative models to living in the community need to be researched and developed.
  11. There needs to be greater connectivity between community groups and prisons and more collaborative work between these groups. 
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