Journal article

Making risk and dangerousness intelligible in intellectual disability

C Spivakovsky

Griffith Law Review | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2014

Abstract

In the wake of deinstitutionalisation, a range of punitive, restrictive and coercive measures for controlling the lives of people with intellectual disabilities have emerged from criminal law. This article critically engages with one of these measures, the Australian state of Victoria's, supervised treatment order (STO) regime. Drawing on STO decisions, this article argues that, during STO tribunal hearings, the margins of criminal and civil law converge, and the margins of law and medicine further conflate such that the medical diagnosis of a person's intellectual disability becomes a legal ‘diagnosis’ of that person's innate and ongoing risk and danger to society. That is to say, during ST..

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