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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…

Join us for Episode 7 of the RiR Podcast: The intersection of disability and sexual identity with Ellen Forney and Jennifer Restle

Tuesday, June 28, 2016Rooted in Rights¬†stands in solidarity with¬†the LGBTQ and Latinx LGBTQ communities in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. This month, we discuss disability as an identity that intersects with other identities, and what that means…

Death penalty returns to the Supreme Court

Monday, June 27, 2016
Supreme Court Considers Death Penalty Case
For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court will review a case concerning the constitutionality of the death penalty in regard to people with intellectual disabilities. Bobby James Moore was convicted of…

Court strikes down Florida workers’ compensation limit on temporary disability benefit

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Florida Workers’ Compensation System Violates State Constitution
The Florida Supreme Court ruled June 9 that a 1994 law, limiting to 2 years the length of time that people can receive “temporary total disability benefits” under the state’s workers’ compensation scheme,…

Judge rejects Disney discrimination lawsuit

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Court rules Disney did not discriminate
A federal court ruled April 28 that Disney did not discriminate against people with disabilities in October 2013 when it changed its line policy for people with disabilities at its theme parks. Previously, certain…

Florida newspapers win Pulitzer Prize for investigation of Florida mental health system

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Investigative journalism award for reporting on Florida psychiatric hospitals
The Tampa Bay Times and Saratoga Herald-Tribune were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism April 18 for its year-long investigation into Florida’s network of state-run mental health hospitals. “…

Florida passes bill to protect people with autism when being interviewed by the police

Monday, April 18, 2016Florida will soon become the first state to implement protections for people with autism spectrum disorders in police interrogations. Under the Wes Kleinert Fair Interview Act [PDF], signed by Governor Rick Scott on April 1, people with ASD will…

Report: Florida has purged 9,000 children from health program since May

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Flawed Screening Tool Dumps 9,000 Children from Health Coverage
The Miami Herald reported its findings December 5 of an extensive two-part investigation into Florida’s Children’s Medical Services Network (CMS), finding that the state has cut more than 9,000 children with…

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