Criminal Justice

NPR: “We have criminalized mental illness”

Monday, September 12, 2011National Public Radio recently ran a feature documenting the high costs of America’s continuous practice of locking up large numbers of people with mental disabilities.
NPR Building in Washington DC
NPR interviewed Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman, who is creating…

P&A has access to juvenile jail, judge rules

Monday, August 8, 2011A federal judge ruled July 25 in favor of Disability Rights Mississippi in a case involving the rights of Protection and Advocacy organizations to monitor conditions for people with mental disabilities in juvenile jails.
News from Mississippi
In a lawsuit…

Arizona mental health investigative series recognized

Monday, July 18, 2011
News from Arizona
The Associated Press Managers Association awarded the Arizona Daily Star with its annual Public Services Award for its investigative series into the state’s services for people with mental disabilities, amid the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by…

Georgia court reaffirms high execution standard

Monday, June 20, 2011
News from Georgia
Georgia remains the only state in the nation requiring individuals to prove they have a mental disability “beyond a reasonable doubt” to avoid execution in capital punishment cases, following a 6-1 decision Monday from the state Supreme…

Juvenile jail under fire

Monday, June 13, 2011
Mississippi
Disability Rights Mississippi and the Southern Poverty Law Center charged in a class action lawsuit, filed June 1, that a juvenile detention in Jackson, Mississippi, is keeping people with disabilities in living conditions that constitute cruel and unusual punishment.…

“Lessons from deinstitutionalization…”

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
One institution repacing another?
This recent University of Chicago Law School paper examines the parallels of the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric hospitals in the 1960s with the challenges of reversing the U.S.’s ever increasing incarceration rate. From 1880 to 1955, the…

Settlement creates new safeguards for prison detainees

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Louisiana
A New Orleans court mandated April 13 that the state of Louisiana improve care for people with mental illnesses in its state prison. The consent decree requires that the state provide inpatient treatment within 30 days for individuals unable…

Assault rates remain high for people with disabilities

Friday, December 31, 2010A December report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that people with disabilities were twice as likely to be subjected to violent crime in 2008 as other American citizens. According to the report, titled Crime Against People with…

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