Disability Injustice

Confronting Criminalization in Canada

Edited by Kelly Fritsch, Jeffrey Monaghan, and Emily van der Meulen
Categories: Social Sciences, Sociology, Disability Studies, Criminology, Law & Legal Studies, Law & Society
Series: Disability Culture and Politics
Publisher: UBC Press
Hardcover : 9780774867122, 352 pages, February 2022
Paperback : 9780774867139, 352 pages, October 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9780774867146, 352 pages, February 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780774867153, 352 pages, February 2022

Table of contents

1 Resisting the Criminalization of Disability: Cripping Disability Injustice toward Accessible Decarceral Futures / Kelly Fritsch, Jeffrey Monaghan, and Emily van der Meulen

Part 1: Practices and Processes of Criminalization

2 From Prisoner to Patient: Mental Health and Toronto’s Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Females, 1880–1969 / Theresa L. Raymond

3 Histories of Living in a Negative Relation to the Law: Resistance to HIV Criminalization / Alexander McClelland

4 The Criminalization of Sex Work: Creating Conditions for Disability / Lindsay Blewett

5 The Judicialization of Everyday Life in Quebec: Intellectual Disability, Sexuality, and Control / Guillaume Ouellet, Lisandre Labrecque-Lebeau, Pierre Pariseau-Legault, and Emmanuelle Bernheim

Part 2: The Criminal (In)Justice System

6 Police Encounters with “People in Crisis”: Mental Health and Policing / Alok Mukherjee

7 Therapeutic Justice or Epistemic Injustice? The Case of Mental Health Courts in Québec / Sue-Ann MacDonald, Véronique Fortin, and Stéphanie Houde

8 Conceptualizing Jury Representation: Research on Physical Disability and the “Larger Community” in Canadian Jury Rolls / Richard Jochelson and Michelle Bertrand

9 Punishing Disability and Trauma: Evaluating the Use of Segregation in Canadian Prisons / Megan Rusciano

Part 3: Reconceptualizing Disability and Reframing Justice

10 Disability, Politics, and Collectively Reimagining Justice: Challenging the Ableist Contours of the 1969 Canadian Criminal Code Reform / River Rossi

11 The Politics of Death-Making/Assisted Suicide: A Castoriadan Reading / Ravi Malhotra

12 #Endpoliceviolence: Nonhegemonic Bodies, Police Violence, and Abolitionist Politics / Abigail Curlew and Jeffrey Monaghan

13 Refuting Carceral Logics and their Alternatives: Toward Noncarceral (Disability) Futures / Liat Ben-Moshe



Ableism is embedded in Canadian criminal justice institutions, policies, and practices, making incarceration and institutionalization dangerous – even deadly – for disabled people. Disability Injustice examines disability in contexts that include policing and surveillance, sentencing and the courts, prisons and alternatives to confinement. The contributors confront challenging topics such as the pathologizing of difference as deviance; eugenics and crime control; criminalization based on biased physical and mental health approaches; and the role of disability justice activism in contesting discrimination. This provocative collection highlights how, with deeper understanding of disability, we can challenge the practices of crime control and the processes of criminalization.