Disability in Jails & Prisons

Forced Medication Behind Bars | AVID Jail Project

Tuesday, June 14, 2016When the AVID Jail Project first began regularly visiting King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) last year, we had no idea that the jail was forcibly medicating some inmates. Then, one day while doing rounds in solitary confinement, we met Dwayne…

Report shines light on Ohio solitary confinement practices

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Solitary Cell at SOCF*
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is isolating hundreds of people with mental illness for minor rule violations, exacerbating their underlying conditions and putting them at a serious risk of committing self-harm, Disability Rights Ohio

DOJ settles with SC police department in accessibility suit

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Handcuffing in front will allow a detainee to sign or write
The police department of South Carolina’s largest city announced a comprehensive settlement with the Department of Justice on May 3, to ensure effective communication with people who are deaf…

Settlement reached to improve ADA compliance in Alabama prisons

Friday, March 18, 2016
Photo from “Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama’s Prisons”
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program announced a settlement with the Alabama Department of Corrections on March 16 to settle a range of disability…

Ricardo | AVID Jail Project

Wednesday, March 2, 2016King County Jail (KCJ), located in Seattle, Washington, is reconsidering how it responds to inmates who attempt suicide or hurt themselves. As it stands, KCJ and many other correctional facilities all over the country punish inmates for acts of self-harm.…

California’s Santa Barbara County Jail slammed in new report

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
News from California
The Santa Barbara County Jail regularly confines people with disabilities in solitary confinement and denies them basic health care and Americans with Disabilities Act protections, Disability Rights California alleged in a scathing new report [PDF], released…

Disability advocates weigh in on prison phone-call reforms

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Accessible Telecommunications for Inmates
Two prominent disability rights organizations recently submitted public comments [PDF]¬†to the Federal Communications Commission, calling on the agency to mandate expanded accessible telephone options for inmates. “The result of the current communication paradigm is that…

Agreement reached to overhaul Oregon prison

Monday, January 25, 2016
Solitary Confinement Practices to be Improved at Oregon Prison
Disability Rights Oregon and the state Department of Corrections have reached a Memorandum of Understanding [PDF], agreeing to reduce solitary confinement and improve services for people with mental illness at…

DOJ uncovers extensive IDEA violations in Mississippi youth detention facility

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Right to FAPE Continues while in Juvenile Detention
The Department of Justice, in a letter issued to state officials January 12, slammed the state of Mississippi for failing to remedy a variety of federal special education law violations at…

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