Criminal Justice

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…

Utah settles lawsuit with inmate with disabilities in sex offender program

Thursday, March 24, 2016
News from Utah
The state of Utah will pay a former inmate $60,000 in damages for failing to accommodate him in a sex offender treatment program, extending his period of incarceration for years. In 1996, a jury sentenced Richard Ramirez…

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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