Criminal Justice

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.…

Settlement to force overhaul of Illinois solitary confinement practices

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Illinois to Improve Solitary Confinement Practices
The Illinois Department of Corrections has reached a comprehensive settlement with a coalition of disability rights groups, agreeing to improve mental health services in state prison and reduce the use of solitary confinement. “Just…

New York State to overhaul solitary confinement practices

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Solitary Confinement Practices to Change in New York State
New York State will significantly curtail the use of solitary confinement for people in its state prison system, under a legal settlement [PDF] announced December 16. The practice has been described

Lawsuit hammers solitary confinement practices at Santa Clara Jail

Tuesday, November 24, 2015Brian Chavez’s jail cell measures six feet by seven feet. There is no room for even a writing table or a stool, just Chavez, a bed, and a solid metal door with a small rectangular window facing out toward a…

US Supreme Court blocks execution of man with IQ of 67

Friday, November 6, 2015
Death Penalty Case Blocked
The Supreme Court placed a temporary hold November 3 on the execution of a man with severe intellectual disabilities, hours before the state of Missouri was set to execute him via lethal injunction. In 1995, a…

Report uncovers abuse of inmates with disabilities in Sacramento Jail

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Advocates release scathing report
The Sacramento County Jail is subjecting inmates with disabilities to prolonged isolation, preventing them from obtaining even the most minimum mental health care, according to a scathing new report [PDF] released October 15 from Disability Rights

(Video) New documentary addresses issue of police violence towards people with disabilities

Friday, October 30, 2015Police brutality has been a topic of discussion and concern for decades – but the last several years in particular have highlighted the issue of police disproportionately targeting marginalized people with extreme violence. In the newly released documentary Where Is…

Siyad describes hopelessness of cycling in and out of jail, not getting help

Wednesday, October 14, 2015Every week, the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Jail Project visits the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) in downtown Seattle and the SCORE Jail in Des Moines, Washington, to monitor jail conditions and speak to inmates with mental illness about their experiences.

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