Disability in Jails & Prisons

Disability Rights Washington receives national award for prison project

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Prison Project Receives Accolades
Disability Rights Washington received the “NDRN Advocacy Award,” at the annual conference of the National Disability Rights Network in Indianapolis this week. The award, for the prison project “Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities” (AVID), was …

Illinois ends solitary confinement for minors

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Illinois to Halt Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvy
A federal court signed off last month on a new Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice’s policy, ending the use of solitary confinement in its jails and prisons against minors. “This is…

Human Rights Watch slams U.S. for treatment of people with mental disabilities in jails and prisons

Thursday, May 28, 2015
US prisoners face abuse
Human Rights Watch released a massive new report May 12, documenting numerous examples of “unnecessary, excessive and even malicious” force against people with mental disabilities in jails and prisons through the United States. “Custody staff are…

Report documents abuses in Oregon prison

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Abuse and Neglect at Oregon Penitentiary
Disability Rights Oregon released a scathing report May 4 of the Oregon State Penitentiary’s Behavioral Health Unit, accusing state officials of systematically violating the rights of inmates with mental illness. “Even in prison, there…

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…

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…

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