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PEOPLE with DISABILITY in PRISON
People
PrisonDisabled
Presented by Miss Julie Pitts
Global Issues
• We are all human
• We all have the same basic rights
• We all make mistakes
• All countries have laws and ...
Purpose
The UK Prison Services statement of purpose reads:
“Her Majesty’s Prison Service serves the public by keeping in c...
Well Governor, we
let him have a
thermal hat to
keep warm and
he used it as a
disguise – we just
couldn’t see him!
So, tel...
Issues for Prison Staff
• Lack of clarity on prison purpose
• Lack of clarity on prison guard role
• Inconsistency from pr...
What has already been achieved?
• Queens speech “Biggest shake – up of prison system
announced as part of the Queen’s spee...
Abuse
NOMS PSI 16/2015 Adult safeguarding in Prisons
ONCE YOU DENIGRATE ONE PERSON, YOU DENIGRATE US ALL
“Abuse is any act...
Neglect
NOMS PSI 16/2015 Adult safeguarding in Prisons
“Neglect is a failure to identify and meet the needs of a prisoner,...
Rehabilitation; The importance and needs of
Visitors & Families
WHO ARE THEY? ISSUE/IMPACT
FAMILY
FRIENDS
STAFF
LAWYERS
SU...
Why is CHANGE so important?
“If you always do what you have always done,
You always get what you’ve always got.”
“A nation...
What could our Governments do?
• Listen
• Act – how:
• United Nations CRPD Articles
• Give current laws ‘teeth’
• Obey the...
What can WE do as individuals?
• Stop avoiding the issue – raise awareness
• Stop allowing your fear to rule your life
• A...
“Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear, which is why it is
such a powerful weapon”
Nelson Mandela, Invictus
“Wha...
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  1. 1. PEOPLE with DISABILITY in PRISON People PrisonDisabled Presented by Miss Julie Pitts
  2. 2. Global Issues • We are all human • We all have the same basic rights • We all make mistakes • All countries have laws and people who break them – including people with disability • All countries have systems to deal with this, but generally are ineffective &/or overwhelmed • Lack of clarity of the purpose of a prison • Lack of clarity of the role of a prison officer
  3. 3. Purpose The UK Prison Services statement of purpose reads: “Her Majesty’s Prison Service serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts. Our duty is to look after them with humanity and help them lead law abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.” DICHOTOMY OF NEEDS Security/ Protect the public from dangerous offenders Reform/Rehabilitate Challenge assumptions – behavioural cause Proposed alteration to deal with dichotomy of needs emphasis. “It is our duty to help those committed by the courts to live useful and law – abiding lives in prison and on release, with the qualification that they must not be allowed to escape and they must be treated with humanity.” Lord Romsbotham
  4. 4. Well Governor, we let him have a thermal hat to keep warm and he used it as a disguise – we just couldn’t see him! So, tell me, how did an 81 year old man in a wheelchair manage to escape? Dichotomy of needs: Security v humanity
  5. 5. Issues for Prison Staff • Lack of clarity on prison purpose • Lack of clarity on prison guard role • Inconsistency from prison to prison • Security versus humanity • Health and Safety • Microcosm of Society – education, health, religion/spiritual practice etc – overwhelming • Resources – estimates re disability, not facts! • Prison officer – prisoner relationships
  6. 6. What has already been achieved? • Queens speech “Biggest shake – up of prison system announced as part of the Queen’s speech” Gov.uk • Prison and Courts Reform Bill (England and Wales) • PA New "reform" prisons to be opened, with emphasis on training, rehabilitation and education • Governors of new prisons to have freedom to agree service contracts and establish their own boards • More statistics on post-release offending and employment rates to be published • Courts and tribunals to be modernised, with greater use of technology to reduce delays
  7. 7. Abuse NOMS PSI 16/2015 Adult safeguarding in Prisons ONCE YOU DENIGRATE ONE PERSON, YOU DENIGRATE US ALL “Abuse is any act, or failure to act, which results in a significant breach of a prisoner’s human rights, civil liberties, bodily integrity, dignity or general wellbeing, whether intended or inadvertent; including sexual relationships or financial transactions to which a person has not or cannot validly consent, or which are deliberately exploitative.” HUMAN RIGHTS DO NOT STOP AT THE PRISON DOOR
  8. 8. Neglect NOMS PSI 16/2015 Adult safeguarding in Prisons “Neglect is a failure to identify and meet the needs of a prisoner, for example by ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failing to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services or withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating. In the prison context neglect by others is principally relevant to the behaviour of staff, because of their duty of care for prisoners…” DISABILITY IN PRISON SHOULD NOT MEAN “DOUBLE TIME”
  9. 9. Rehabilitation; The importance and needs of Visitors & Families WHO ARE THEY? ISSUE/IMPACT FAMILY FRIENDS STAFF LAWYERS SUPPORT PERSONNEL CHAPLAINCY NHS PERSONNEL SUPPORT AGENCIES YOU? ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS – UNIVERSAL GUIDE IN VARIOUS FORMATS NEEDED APPROACH/ATTITUDE – VISITORS ARE NOT PRISONERS AND SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS SUCH ACCESS TO MEDICATION WITHOUT THESE PREVENTED FROM ATTENDING “40% of prisoners said that support from their family and 36% said that seeing their children, would help them stop reoffending in the future.” Prison Reform Trust, Ibid
  10. 10. Why is CHANGE so important? “If you always do what you have always done, You always get what you’ve always got.” “A nations prisons are indicative of its society” The difference between responsibility & blame Only by taking responsibility as individuals and as a society can we change Change, especially constructive change, is a personal choice.
  11. 11. What could our Governments do? • Listen • Act – how: • United Nations CRPD Articles • Give current laws ‘teeth’ • Obey the Law – immediate SS assessment of needs • Monitor numbers accurately & allocate resources accordingly • Monitor to safeguard vulnerable adults externally • Hold accountable for choices and actions
  12. 12. What can WE do as individuals? • Stop avoiding the issue – raise awareness • Stop allowing your fear to rule your life • Act from love & compassion not hate, anger or fear : Tyger Blair, Zen community USA • Speak openly • Speak to the basic humanity, not the conviction • Believe what you say • Lead by example • Sing, write, paint, create – TELL THE STORY
  13. 13. “Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear, which is why it is such a powerful weapon” Nelson Mandela, Invictus “What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows hearted. Begin it, and the work will be completed.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe “For one human being to love another, That is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks, The ultimate, the last test and proof, The work for which all other work is but preparation.” Rainer Maria Rilke Words to consider…

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