DisAbility Rights Washington

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…

Disability Rights Washington lawsuit challenges state’s lack of home and community-based services

Wednesday, August 24, 2016The state of Washington is systematically violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by holding dozens of people with disabilities in “unnecessary and unjustified segregation, or placing them at risk of unnecessary and unjustified segregation,” Disability Rights Washington alleged in a…

Disability rights advocates: Let Washington inmates vote

Tuesday, August 23, 2016Most jails in Washington State are doing “absolutely nothing” to facilitate the means for people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote, Disability Rights Washington alleged in an extensive new report, released August 3. “People with disabilities are one…

Advocates demand improved accommodations for inmates with disabilities

Tuesday, July 19, 2016The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new interactive report June 22, calling on state prisons to undertake a series of reforms to bring the treatment of incarcerated people with disabilities in line with…

Washington Bar reforms eliminate discriminatory mental health inquiries

Tuesday, June 21, 2016Lawyers seeking to practice in Washington State will no longer be singled out for seeking mental treatment under new revisions to the state bar application process, approved by the Washington State Supreme Court on June 10. “These revisions are critical…

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…

Help DRW do big things

Tuesday, May 3, 2016Today, May 3, is the day to GiveBIG to DRW, the publisher of this blog. When you do, your donation is stretched further by the Seattle Foundation. This video tells just one story of the many people our work impacts…

Lawsuit targets UW basketball arena

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Conrad Reynoldson
The University of Washington basketball arena contains both federal and state accessibility violations, ranging from its ticketing practices to its seating arrangements to its parking and ramp access, a new lawsuit asserts, filed in federal court in late

Tallon explains what happens when jails respond to mental health symptoms with discipline rather than treatment

Thursday, January 21, 2016A man finds himself incarcerated and sentenced to spend 207 days in jail. Denied treatment for his diagnosed mental illness, his symptoms worsen and his frustration grows. The jail responds to his resulting behavior with disciplinary action. The man yells.…

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