Supporting Justice is aimed at improving the justice system's responses to mental health and disability.
People with mental ill health and cognitive impairments are significantly over-represented in the justice system.
Supporting Justice supports people with lived experience, as well as those working in the system, to be involved in developing solutions and achieving systemic change.
Supporting Justice will involve two related streams of work:
One stream is a long-term project which will draw together stakeholders from across the justice and disability sectors to identify and act on opportunities for systemic reform and intervention.
As a precursor to this broader project, the CIJ has been commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to undertake an Information Linkages and Capacity Building project for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria.
The CIJ and its project partner PaperGiant are using human-centred design to develop an online resource for courts and other legal professionals, to ensure that people with a cognitive impairment, autism-spectrum disorder or dual disability who are in contact with the justice system do not experience discrimination regarding the determination of least restrictive interventions, and continue to have their human rights upheld.
The development of the online resource is being informed by a series of co-design workshops, consultations and engagement activities bringing together people with lived experience of disability and the criminal justice system, justice professionals and disability support sector professionals, to help identify:
- less restrictive options currently available to people with cognitive impairment, autism spectrum-disorder and dual disability who are in contact with the criminal justice system;
- how decisions about how to respond to people with cognitive impairment, autism spectrum-disorder and dual disability are currently made by those working in the justice system;
- where the information gaps in the system exist; and
- what kind of information / online resource might benefit those working in the system to make more informed choices and consider least restrictive alternatives.
This collaboration will help to define who the resource is for, what it needs to contain and how it will be implemented and assessed. Following the collaboration and engagement phase, the project partners will develop a prototype for the online resource, user-test the prototype and refine it before its finalisation by 30 June 2019.
Supporting Justice builds on the CIJ’s ground breaking 2017 Enabling Justice project, which was done in partnership with Jesuit Social Services and people with lived experience of disability and the criminal justice system.
Supporting Justice Bulletins
The Supporting Justice bulletins are designed to keep project stakeholders informed about what’s going on, and to demonstrate how consultation and feedback is driving project decisions and outcomes. The bulletins will be sent out periodically over the duration of the Supporting Justice project. You can subscribe here, and read past editions of the bulletin below: