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Utah settles lawsuit with inmate with disabilities in sex offender program

Thursday, March 24, 2016
News from Utah
The state of Utah will pay a former inmate $60,000 in damages for failing to accommodate him in a sex offender treatment program, extending his period of incarceration for years. In 1996, a jury sentenced Richard Ramirez…

Settlement reached to improve ADA compliance in Alabama prisons

Friday, March 18, 2016
Photo from “Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama’s Prisons”
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program announced a settlement with the Alabama Department of Corrections on March 16 to settle a range of disability…

DOE to school districts: Address racial disparities in special education

Friday, March 4, 2016The U.S. Department of Education proposed new regulations [PDF]¬†February 23, detailing new steps that school districts must take to reduce racial disparities in the identification, placement and discipline of students in special education programs. “We have a moral and…

Ricardo | AVID Jail Project

Wednesday, March 2, 2016King County Jail (KCJ), located in Seattle, Washington, is reconsidering how it responds to inmates who attempt suicide or hurt themselves. As it stands, KCJ and many other correctional facilities all over the country punish inmates for acts of self-harm.…

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…

Oregon hit with sidewalk accessibility lawsuit

Friday, February 26, 2016
Inaccessible Curb Ramps in Oregon
More than 25 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the state of Oregon continues to systematically fail to make its sidewalks accessible to people with disabilities, a new lawsuit alleges, filed…

Court: Maryland must implement online ballot marking tool

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Voting Accessibility Victory
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled unanimously February 9 [PDF]¬†to uphold a lower court ruling, directing the state of Maryland to ensure its system for voting via absentee ballot is accessible to…

Judge rules against sheltered workshop’s subminimum wage practices

Friday, February 19, 2016
Fair Pay
In a potentially groundbreaking decision, an administrative law judge ruled February 2 that an Ohio nonprofit must pay backpay to three workers, whom it previously was paying $2.50 an hour under a program that allows it to

Montana jury rejects wrongful birth lawsuit

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
News from Montana
A Montana jury ruled against a woman in a lawsuit seeking $14.5 million from her health care providers, whom she claimed failed to disclose information about her child’s cystic fibrosis, which, if disclosed, would have led to…

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