Man with intellectual disabilities is kept in solitary confinement for six years and is controlled by dogs in a barbaric government institution
- A handicapped man spent 99 percent of his last six years in solitary confinement
- Prisoners may only be held indoors for a maximum of three hours
- The report described his continued treatment as & # 39; brutalization & # 39; and & # 39; illegal & # 39;
A devastating report has revealed the horrific treatment of an intellectually disabled man who has been held in solitary confinement for almost six years.
The investigation, focused on the Forensic Disability Service (FDS) in Brisbane, showed that it has ignored the legal requirements for protecting people.
Those detained in the FDS facility in the city of Wacol have not been convicted of any crime and are being detained indefinitely on grounds of a forensic disability.
The Queensland Ombudsman, Phil Clarke, concentrated much of the report on a man known by the pseudonym Adrian, who was sent to the FDS in 2012 after being declared unfit to stand trial for & # 39; serious criminal offenses & # 39 ;.
A destructive report from the ombudsman has told of a horrific treatment of an intellectually disabled man named Adrian, who was held in solitary confinement for almost six years
Adrian spent nearly all of his time in the facility between 2012 and 2018 in solitary confinement, designed to hold people for no more than three consecutive hours according to current legislation.
Adrian & # 39; s seclusion had to be authorized by a senior practitioner – who performed more than 18,000 times at the facility.
The detention meant that he had no human contact, except for a small opening that was slid open to provide him with food before it was closed immediately.
Center staff & # 39; were deeply concerned that Adrian & # 39; s behavior posed an immediate risk to himself or his staff & # 39; said the Ombudsman's report.
On 25 different occasions the police were called to check the man and often brought police dogs with them.
The police have registered in the Queensland Police Service Database that they hate & # 39; dogs and it works every time & # 39; but continued to use them.
Those in the FDS facility in the city of Wacol, south of Brisbane, (photo) have not been convicted of any crime and are being held indefinitely on grounds of a forensic disability.
& # 39; Records created by FDS employees state that Adrian was found crying in the fetal position & # 39; said the report.
Former director of the FDS, Vanda Wieczorkowski, denied that the police had used dogs to control his behavior and added that calling the police was a last resort.
Adrian & # 39; s treatment is described in the report as & # 39; brutalization & # 39; and & # 39; illegal & # 39 ;.
As a child, Adrian was diagnosed with an intellectual and developmental disorder that affected his function.
Moreover, he was sexually and physically abused by his carers and at home.
Mr. Clarke discovered that the enormous amount of time he spent in captivity, & # 39; significantly damaging his well-being & # 39; could have had.
& # 39; After examining the circumstances of Adrian & # 39; s case, the investigation showed that he was 99% of the time closed between admission to the FDS in 2012 and September 2018, & # 39; said Mr. Clarke in a statement.
& # 39; After carefully investigating evidence from the FDS, the director and the department, the investigation concluded that the approach to isolate Adrian was against the law, unreasonable, oppressive and improperly discriminatory.
& # 39; All in all, the study found that the FDS was significantly not in compliance with legislation designed to ensure the care, protection and rehabilitation of the vulnerable people it housed, & # 39; he said.
Mr. Clarke has made 15 recommendations to combat the treatment of people like Adrian, as well as other criticisms such as how bad the facility was.
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