The hidden harms of prison life for people with learning disabilities

Gormley, C. (2022) The hidden harms of prison life for people with learning disabilities. British Journal of Criminology, 62(2), pp. 261-278. (doi: 10.1093/bjc/azab061)

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People with learning disabilities’ experiences of punishment and prison life remain invisible within prison policy and research. With participants’ voices central, this paper makes visible the hidden harms experienced by a hidden population, exposing the multi-faceted and nested forms of harm that people with learning disabilities encounter while in prison as a result of direct and indirect discrimination. It highlights the ways in which they navigate prison life and respond to structural and inaccessible barriers that adversely impact their understanding of their sentence, access to services, and ontological security. By drawing together conceptual and methodological insights from disability studies and prison sociology, I offer new insights into the distinct yet challenging aspects of prison life for people with learning disabilities.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gormley, Dr Caitlin
Authors: Gormley, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:British Journal of Criminology
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1464-3529
Published Online:31 July 2021

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