Cruel and unusual punishment

ACLU: Laguna Beach homeless policy violates the ADA

Tuesday, September 8, 2015The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed a federal lawsuit against a wealthy Orange County beach town August 20, accusing it of violating federal discrimination laws in its treatment of homeless people with disabilities. “Laguna Beach is best…

Texas executes man with 67 IQ

Tuesday, February 10, 2015The 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 appeal on January

Supreme Court declines Warren Lee Hill death penalty appeal

Wednesday, February 4, 2015The state of Georgia executed a man with severe intellectual disabilities January 27, after the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to deny his request to block the execution. The execution marked the fourth time that the state of Georgia…

Supreme Court takes up death penalty case

Tuesday, December 16, 2014The Supreme Court granted certiorari on an appeal from a death-row inmate December 5, in a case with significant implications for the due process rights of people with intellectual disabilities in capital punishment cases. The case, Brumfield v. Cain,…

Supreme Court refuses to block controversial Georgia execution

Monday, December 15, 2014The state of Georgia executed Robert Wayne Holsey late in the evening December 9, despite his attorneys’ arguments that his intellectual disabilities made him ineligible for the death penalty. The execution came hours after the Supreme Court denied a petition…

Settlement requires Los Angeles jails to improve wheelchair access

Wednesday, December 10, 2014A federal judge granted preliminary approval November 24 to a class-action settlement aimed at addressing accessibility concerns for people with mobility disabilities in Los Angeles jails. Filed in 2008, the lawsuit accused the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of systematically…

Lawsuit accuses Florida correctional officials of abuse

Wednesday, September 17, 2014Disability Rights Florida sued the Florida Department of Corrections in federal court on September 9, accusing the agency of systematically abusing inmates with mental illnesses at the Dade Correctional Institution, a facility meant to provide inmates with specialty psychiatric…

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