The Dementia Justice Society of Canada recently completed its review of national dementia strategies from around the world to see whether they mention criminal justice, in the context of people with dementia coming into conflict with the criminal justice system as accused persons, offenders, or prisoners.
Based on an earlier preliminary review, our hypothesis was that criminal justice largely goes unmentioned in national dementia strategies. Our new review supports this position. Among the 23 strategies we studied, only two (Cuba and England) explicitly refer to criminal justice. Two others (Greece and Ireland) implicitly refer to a narrow criminal justice issue by mentioning the medical-legal issues of driving.
Canada has the opportunity to be an international leader on dementia and criminal justice. In June 2017, it passed legislation calling for “a comprehensive national dementia strategy to address all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.” The new law limits the advisory board’s mandate to “any matter related to the health care” of persons with dementia; however, in our view, to be truly comprehensive, the strategy must extend beyond health care and address other matters that affect this population, including criminal justice.
To read the full review, please follow the link below.
Criminal Justice in National Dementia Strategies: A Review
About Dementia Justice
Dementia Justice is a federally incorporated non-profit society dedicated to advancing the rights, needs and dignity of people with dementia who are, or are at risk of becoming, involved with the criminal justice system. It strives to achieve its objectives through public advocacy, awareness-raising, education and research.