Apparently Doctors get in the way of politics medicine mental illness is no excuse for being accused and unable to stand trial or even be judged. Incarceration at the governments pleasure is what keeps us safe. Mentally ill are kept on Manus for over 5years and children only released before an election and what was legislated a secret got out. Is this another example of why doctors can’t be trusted? (ODT
Justin Walker has been in prison in Darwin for over six years without a sentence.
At least 13 people are in NT prisons because they have been found unfit to stand trial or not guilty by reason of mental impairment
A criminal lawyer says they are in prison because there is nowhere else for them to go
He says some clients plead guilty to avoid indefinite detention
His family is afraid he will not come out alive.
The NT Attorney-General’s office is under fire for allowing mentally ill or disabled people to languish inside already overcrowded prisons for years, simply because there are no other places to put them.
The Territory Government’s handling of indefinite detention for people with a cognitive, psychiatric or physical impairment often leaves individuals locked up for years with no conviction.
Mr Walker, 36, is one of at least 13 people currently in the custody of the NT Correctional Services Commissioner after being found unfit to stand trial or found not guilty by reason of mental impairment.