Disability Justice @ Progress 2020, Increasing Rates of Remand in Womens Prisons, COVID-19 & Prisons

Thursday, 23 July 2020 - 7:00am to 8:30am

We hear Imani Barbarin and Damien Griffs speaking at the Virtual Progress 2020 conference about vital lessons from the disability justice movement. Imani is a disability rights activist from the United States and Damien is a descendant of the Worimi people and leading advocate for the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.


Emma Russell, Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at Latrobe University and Jill Faulkner, Manager of Women transforming Justice, a program of Fitzroy Legal Service speak about a new report, A constellation of circumstances: The Drivers of Women’s Increasing Rates of Remand in Victoria. This report urges a review of Victoria’s strict bail laws, stating that decreases in prisoner numbers observed during the COVID-19 pandemic should be sustained and extended into the future.


Tabitha Lean is a Gunditjmara woman currently living on Kaurna land. She is a formerly incarcerated person and a vocal advocate for incarcerated people. Priya and Tabitha speak about the dangers of COVID-19 in Australian prisons, and the importance of urgent abolition and decarceration.



Time's Up (feat.Krown) - Sampa the Great