Criminal Justice

L.A. jail settlement receives final approval

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
LA to provide accessible amenities in jails
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California signed off on a comprehensive settlement March 23 requiring the Los Angeles Sheriff Department to make its facilities accessible to wheelchair users. “This…

(Video) Director discusses issues of mental illness, rape, and access to health care in prison

Friday, April 17, 2015The need for prison reform is extreme, particularly concerning issues involving mental illness. Gabriel London, director of the documentary ‘The Mind of Mark DeFriest,’ recently met with the Huffington Post to discuss this subject. London created the documentary to tell…

Lawsuit: MI prison system discriminates against the deaf and hard of hearing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
MI Prisons Facing Discrimination Lawsuit
A new class-action lawsuit, filed in federal court March 31, accuses the state of Michigan of systematically violating multiple federal laws in its treatment of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. “The…

Supreme Court hears arguments in ADA, police case

Monday, April 13, 2015
Supreme Court Hears Police, ADA Case
The Supreme Court heard testimony March 23 in a case that could redefine the role of the Americans with Disabilities Act in police encounters. The case, which the Supreme Court agreed to hear in

Court orders state agency to reduce wait times to 7 days for competency evaluations, restoration services

Friday, April 10, 2015
Jail Delay is Unconstitutional
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a permanent injunction against the state of Washington on April 2 , mandating that the state provide competency and restoration services to pre-trial detainees within…

Report finds numerous accessibility barriers in New York courts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Access to Justice
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Disabled in Action released the results March 24 of an extensive survey of New York City’s courthouses, finding numerous accessibility barriers to people in wheelchairs. “Access to justice…

Disability issues highlighted in Obama Administration policing report

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
New Policing Report
President Obama’s “Task Force on 21st Century Policing” released its recommendations March 2, many of which highlighted the unique problems faced by people with disabilities in interactions with law enforcement. “Many excellent and specific suggestions emerged…

Man killed by LAPD: Another person with mental illness failed by the system

Friday, March 6, 2015
Police Response to People with Mental Illness
A homeless man was killed by police in Los Angeles on March 2, 2015. The man who was shot “had been living in a tent in skid row for a few months after…

Texas executes man with 67 IQ

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
News from Texas
The state of Texas executed Robert Ladd on January 29. Ladd likely would have been ineligible for the death penalty in almost any other state due to his disabilities. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied his

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