Mentally-impaired Indigenous people 'in legal limbo'

Mentally-impaired Indigenous people 'in legal limbo'

Mentally-impaired Indigenous Australians are being held in indefinite detention without being convicted of a crime. 

The Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign says at least 30 mentally-impaired Indigenous Australians are being held in indefinite detention without being convicted of a crime, because there's nowhere else to send them.

 

23-year-old Rosie Anne Fulton is one such case.

 

Ms Fulton, who was born with foetal alcohol syndrome, has spent the last 18-months in a West Australian prison after being charged with driving offences.

 

Thea Cowie spoke with Patrick McGee from the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign about why people like her are stuck in legal limbo.

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