Abuse & Neglect

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…

Class action status sought in school abuse complaint

Tuesday, August 9, 2016The Disability Rights Legal Center filed a motion July 11 to expand a lawsuit in federal court, first filed in October, accusing a California school district of systematically excluding students with intellectual disabilities from its services by failing to…

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. “…

Fighting the extreme prejudice towards people with Albinism in Tanzania

Monday, April 4, 2016
Photographic journalists tell story of people with Albinism in Tanzania
In multiple African countries, prejudice is targeted at people with Albinism, the hereditary genetic condition that reduces pigment in the hair, skin, and eyes, and can sometimes cause visual impairments.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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