Criminal Justice

Sharing My Truth About Incarceration with Mental Health Disabilities

Monday, November 6, 2017Trigger warning: this post discusses mental illness, suicide, abuse, violence, and incarceration. My name is Eldorado Fleetwood Cadillac Brown. I was raised in a broken home household while battling mental illnesses that doctors continuously prescribed medications for. The traumatic events

Lawsuit alleges cruel and unusual punishment at Montana State Hospital

Tuesday, September 27, 2016Ryan Bragg is a 21-year-old man with mental illness who is civilly committed at Montana State Hospital. Frustrated by the lack of running water in his room, Bragg broke off the fire sprinkler from the ceiling on June 16, partially…

Florida vacates Freddie Lee Hall’s death penalty sentence

Thursday, September 22, 2016The Florida Supreme Court ruled September 8 that Freddie Lee Hall is not eligible for the death penalty, concluding a long running saga that led to the Supreme Court redefining the bounds of the constitutionality of the death penalty against…

Report cites progress combating use of solitary confinement on inmates with mental illness

Wednesday, September 21, 2016The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new report, “Locked Up and Locked Down: Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness,” on September 8, documenting the disproportionate and harmful impacts of the use…

SCORE jail, DRW collaboratively improve conditions and services for inmates with mental illness

Thursday, September 15, 2016South Correctional Entity (SCORE), a multi-jurisdictional jail located in Des Moines, WA, has worked collaboratively with the AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington since January 2015 to make swift and significant changes to improve conditions for inmates with mental…

Baltimore police report spotlights disability rights violations

Monday, September 5, 2016The Baltimore Police Department systematically violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the civil rights of people with disabilities, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declared in a 164-page report released August 11. Launched in response to the protests

Settlement reached in Colorado competency evaluations lawsuit

Thursday, September 1, 2016Disability Law Colorado and the Colorado Department of Human Services announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit August 12, which accused the state of unconstitutionally long delays in its process for facilitating competency evaluations for people faced with criminal charges.…

Brendan Dassey conviction overturned

Monday, August 29, 2016A judge overturned the murder conviction of a man with intellectual disabilities on August 12 who was the subject of a high-profile documentary spotlighting the role of disability in confessions in the criminal justice system. “This must be a bittersweet…

San Bernardino County reaches agreement to improve youth disability services

Friday, August 26, 2016The Department of Education announced a resolution agreement [PDF] August 5 with the nation’s largest county to overhaul its services for students with disabilities in its county’s juvenile jails and alternative schools. “We found in the investigation that in fact…

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