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Accessibility and barriers for disabled people in police custody: Listening to the missing voices of disabled suspects

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Peacock, Donna and Hutchinson, Patrick (2022) Accessibility and barriers for disabled people in police custody: Listening to the missing voices of disabled suspects. In: 22ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, 21-25 September 2022, Malaga.

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Abstract

In this paper we examine the nature of police custody as a carceral space as it is experienced by disabled people. The police custody environment can offer the possibility for intervention when a disabled person is in crisis; the suspect can experience diversion, support, and a reaffirmation of their place in society. More often however, disabled suspects experience custody negatively. Custody spaces and processes present a range of disabling barriers which when taken together produce a physical, temporal, and emotional space of disempowerment, liminality, and loss of control.
The voices of disabled people, though well established as participants in other dialogues relating to services for them, are missing here (Macdonald et al, 2020). In this paper we present the voices and perspectives of disabled people in order to consider how they experience and describe the custody environment. We outline the specific barriers that are identified, and we apply a social model of disability to consider possible adjustments which could be made.

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Depositing User: Donna Peacock

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Item ID: 15144
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/15144
Official URL: https://www.eurocrim2022.com/

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ORCID for Donna Peacock: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7814-4811

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Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2022 10:29
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 10:29

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Author: Donna Peacock ORCID iD
Author: Patrick Hutchinson

University Divisions

Centre for Applied Social Sciences
Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences

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Social Sciences > Criminology
Social Sciences

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