Australia: prison is no place for those trapped by mental illness

Prison is no place for intellectually impaired individuals, nor for those with chronically acute disordered thinking and ailments such as schizophrenia and psychoses.

Prisons are ungodly beasts – hard to understand for the average incarcerated soul, impossible to comprehend for neurodiverse people, who don’t process the world as the majority do.

In my experience, people come out of prisons in worse condition than they went in.

This is most certainly true of 40-year-old Ashley Bropho, who had schizophrenia and intellectual impairment. Ashley’s death at Hakea Prison on Thursday is now being investigated by homicide detectives.