The prison experiences of people with learning disabilities

Gormley, C. (2019) The prison experiences of people with learning disabilities. Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin, 41, pp. 32-38.

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People with learning disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system are a very poorly understood group, whose needs fail to be addressed despite clear recommendations for penal reforms that would see reasonable adjustments made in line with the Equality Act 2010. This article draws from my PhD research about people with learning disabilities’ experiences of imprisonment, and their understandings and perceptions of the wider offence pathway within the Scottish criminal justice system. It draws together two fields that do not normally speak to one another - criminology and disability studies - in order to offer insight into people with learning disabilities’ seldom heard experiences of imprisonment.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Prison, learning disability, inequalities, lived experience.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gormley, Dr Caitlin
Authors: Gormley, C.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Research Group:Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
Journal Name:Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin
Publisher:Howard League for Penal Reform
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