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The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is developing a national database of programs and services that assist people with disability in the criminal justice system.
The database comes just weeks after the Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes launched a report into access to justice for people with disability, which revealed disturbing cases of discrimination in every state and territory.
'Our recently launched Equal before the law: towards disability justice strategies report included a list of these programs and services,' said Mr Innes. 'Providing this database is a good way to learn about more of these programs, and assist states and territories in the preparation of their Disability Justice Strategies.'
The establishment of a database would also make information available for those working in the criminal justice system so that they know what options are accessible for people with disabilities when seeking justice.
Mr Innes said the AHRC is calling for input about existing services and programs that help people with a disability to participate in the criminal justice system.
The types of programs and services that are to be included in the database are programs for early intervention, programs aimed at preventing violence against people with disability, diversionary programs, disability training programs for police, judges and correctional officers and any program or service that aims to improve access to justice for people with disability.
Source: ProBono Australia News