Disability in Jails and Prisons

Death penalty returns to the Supreme Court

Monday, June 27, 2016For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court will review a case concerning the constitutionality of the death penalty in regard to people with intellectual disabilities. Bobby James Moore was convicted of murdering an employee at a Texas…

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

Pennsylvania to phase out solitary confinement for prisoners with mental illness

Monday, January 12, 2015The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and a coalition of disability advocates announced a settlement January 6, requiring the state to improve conditions for prisoners with mental illness in its 26 state correctional institutions. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed

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,…

DOE: Incarcerated children must receive special education services

Tuesday, December 16, 2014The U.S. Department of Education released new guidance December 5, reminding state and local government agencies of their obligations to provide required special education services to students in prison. “Absent a specific exception, all (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) protections…

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…

Settlement mandates overhaul of Arizona solitary confinement practices

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