We have been working really hard of late to gather information and content for our new Autism in the CJS Micro Site which is now live for you to view here.
In the coming days, we plan to release new features on the site including an online community forum for members of the public, professionals, and others interested in the field of Autism and the Criminal Justice System. It will also contain a Criminal Justice Directory of Autism Services which we hope you will add to and recommend reliable and trustworthy sources to be added for your local area.
What is Autism in the CJS?
Autism in the CJS is a campaign and policy initiative commissioned by Conviction to research, investigate and come up with recommendations on how to make the Criminal Justice System a fairer, safer, and humane process for those who are Autistic and accused or tried for offences.
Why are you doing this?
A number of our current service users have an active diagnosis or association to Autism in some capacity. It’s staggering how patterns emerge from our working with people. We want to make a real difference, based on lived experience, collaboration, and the dissecting of good and bad practices in a safe environment which can impact recommendations and good working relationships with those in a position to change it. We are doing this because we can see there is a problem, in some cases serious and systemic Human Rights abuses taking place and quite simply, things need to change!
How can I help?
Our Autism in the CJS surveys will be live on Tuesday 1st December 2020. There are three separate surveys, dependent upon your link to Autism and the Criminal Justice System. We would really appreciate it, if you could share the details of our surveys on social media, via Internet forums, and to any contacts who you know and may be interested in taking part. (Please act responsibly when sharing information and ensure your behaviour is not considered as harassing or bullying as this could seriously impact the credibility of the project). If you require any help, assistance, or information, please feel free to get in touch with us on [email protected].
We are also looking for volunteer writers from all walks of life to contribute to our ‘News and Views‘ section of the website. We want our community to be diverse and open to everyone, so please do feel free to get in touch with us. If you are not keen on sending a more formal email, you can message us 24/7 through our secure live chat facility, where one of the project volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible.
You can also donate directly to the Autism in the CJS policy initiative through the website here in which all monies will be used solely on this project area.