Criminal Justice

NDRN calls for reforms of US juvenile justice system

Tuesday, June 23, 2015The National Disability Rights Network released an extensive new report June 10, sharply criticizing the nation's system of juvenile justice, particularly in regard to their impact on youth with disabilities. An estimated 65 to 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have been diagnosed has having a disability, a rate more than triple that of the general population.

Settlement reached in Florida prison case

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Florida to Correct Abusive Practices
The Florida Department of Corrections and disability advocates announced May 28 that they have reached a comprehensive settlement to eliminate abusive practices at the Dade Correctional Facility, home of the largest mental health facility in…

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…

California county ends solitary confinement for youth with disabilities

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Solitary Confinement Case Settled
Contra Costa County will no longer keep children in solitary confinement and will begin providing legally mandated special education services to inmates, under the terms of a legal settlement announced May 19. “At a time when…

Disability Rights Washington receives national award for prison project

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Prison Project Receives Accolades
Disability Rights Washington received the “NDRN Advocacy Award,” at the annual conference of the National Disability Rights Network in Indianapolis this week. The award, for the prison project “Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities” (AVID), was …

Illinois ends solitary confinement for minors

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Illinois to Halt Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvy
A federal court signed off last month on a new Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice’s policy, ending the use of solitary confinement in its jails and prisons against minors. “This is…

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…

Supreme Court remands ADA, police case

Friday, May 22, 2015
San Francisco raises ‘direct threat’ defense
The Supreme Court will not issue a ruling on the year’s most highly anticipated Americans with Disabilities Act case, leaving for another day the question of whether the law applies to police encounters with…

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…

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