Rights of prisoners with intellectual disabilities must be respected

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Study exposes shortcomings in treatment of prisoners with IDs, treatment they are entitled to

  • George Winter
  • The Irish Times

In 2006, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted, promoting autonomy, choice, independence, equality and participation.

The CRPD includes provision for those with intellectual disability (ID).

This is typically diagnosed if individuals have an IQ below 70; an impaired ability to effectively interact with society on all levels and care for themselves; and have had developmental difficulties prior to the age of 18.

Yet a recent report in the…

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