The over-representation of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) amongst prisoner and juvenile justice populations is a significant issue across jurisdictions. This paper reports on the findings of over 100 interviews conducted in Victoria, Australia with people who have an ABI, as well as key stakeholder groups who work in, or with, the justice system. The study identified systemic problems faced by people with ABI along multiple points of the justice system continuum. Improved identification and diagnosis of ABI, well-resourced support for those with the condition, comprehensive training to improve ABI literacy among all stakeholder groups, and a more appropriate and therapeutic approach to people with ABI in the justice system, are all recommended.

Anna Eriksson
Monash University
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Biography: Dr Anna Eriksson is an expert on Nordic Exceptionalism and imprisonment and held an ARC DECRA between 2012-2014 on the topic of comparative penology. She is based at Monash University where she also conducts research on exclusion, disability and criminal justice.

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