Disability in Jails & Prisons

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…

Help us tell the stories of the disability rights movement

Tuesday, December 1, 2015Dear Rooted in Rights followers, It's hard to believe that we launched only sevens months ago! Since May, we've made dozens of videos, written countless blog posts, and kept you up to date on the disability rights movement.

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…

Report uncovers abuse of inmates with disabilities in Sacramento Jail

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Advocates release scathing report
The Sacramento County Jail is subjecting inmates with disabilities to prolonged isolation, preventing them from obtaining even the most minimum mental health care, according to a scathing new report [PDF] released October 15 from Disability Rights

Siyad describes hopelessness of cycling in and out of jail, not getting help

Wednesday, October 14, 2015Every week, the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Jail Project visits the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) in downtown Seattle and the SCORE Jail in Des Moines, Washington, to monitor jail conditions and speak to inmates with mental illness about their experiences.

Advocacy groups urge overhaul of federal solitary confinement procedures

Friday, October 9, 2015
Advocates call for solitary confinement reform
In an open letter to President Obama [PDF], published October 1, civil rights groups called on the President to follow through on his recent promises to reduce the federal government’s reliance on solitary…

Utah sued over wait times for competency restoration services

Friday, October 2, 2015
News from Utah
The state of Utah is failing to provide court-ordered competency restoration services in a reasonably timely manner for criminal defendants unable to stand trial, according to a class-action lawsuit filed September 8 by the Disability Law Center

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