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…

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…

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…

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…

Lawsuit filed on behalf of handcuffed 8-year-old with ADHD

Monday, August 10, 2015S.R. is an eight-year-old, 52 pound boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One day in Fall 2014, S.R. was removed from his classroom, allegedly for causing disruptive behavior. After S.R. allegedly failed to comply with directions from School Resource Officer Kevin Sumner, he was forced into a chair and handcuffed.

Lawsuit accuses school district of failing to accommodate students impacted by trauma

Monday, June 15, 2015
Test Case for Victims of Trauma
In a first-of-its kind lawsuit, Public Counsel and Irell & Manella LLP accused the Compton Unified School District on May 18 of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating against trauma-impacted students. “To…

Texas truancy policies under fire

Thursday, June 11, 2015
News from Texas
A trio of disability advocacy groups submitted a complaint (PDF format) with the Texas Education Agency on May 26, accusing the state of systematically violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by the manner in which it…

Human Rights Watch slams U.S. for treatment of people with mental disabilities in jails and prisons

Thursday, May 28, 2015
US prisoners face abuse
Human Rights Watch released a massive new report May 12, documenting numerous examples of “unnecessary, excessive and even malicious” force against people with mental disabilities in jails and prisons through the United States. “Custody staff are…

Report documents abuses in Oregon prison

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Abuse and Neglect at Oregon Penitentiary
Disability Rights Oregon released a scathing report May 4 of the Oregon State Penitentiary’s Behavioral Health Unit, accusing state officials of systematically violating the rights of inmates with mental illness. “Even in prison, there…