Ms Fulton is an Aboriginal woman (from Alice Springs) with intellectual disability has been held in Kalgoorlie prison for eighteen months without a trial or conviction
An investigation has revealed dozens of intellectually disabled Aboriginal people are being kept in prison indefinitely because of a lack of proper healthcare facilities.
The ABC’s Lateline program exposed the case of 23-year-old Rosie Anne Fulton, who has spent the past 18 months in a Kalgoorlie jail without a trial or conviction after she was charged with driving offences.
“It is simply unacceptable that a nation of Australia’s standing, and commitment to the rule of law, should lock people up for undetermined periods when they have not been found guilty of an offence. Prison is simply not an alternative accommodation option for people with disabilities
Australian Human Rights Commission Press release below
The magistrate in her case declared her unfit to plead because she is intellectually impaired – a victim of foetal alcohol syndrome – and has the mental capacity of a young child.
Her legal guardian, former police officer Ian McKinlay, says Ms Fulton ended up on a prison-based supervision order because there were no alternatives in the area at the time.
“At the moment this outcome is almost entirely reserved for Aboriginal, Indigenous Australians,” he said.