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Settlement calls for overhaul of mental health care in LA County Jails

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department must take a variety of steps to reduce suicides in county jails, improve mental health treatment, and reduce the use of excessive force against people with mental illnesses, under a new comprehensive 58-page settlement
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Feds release new service animal guidance

Responding to years of confusion from disability advocates and business entities, the Department of Justice has released a new technical document [PDF], providing answers to 37 common questions regarding the rights of people who use service animals under federal…
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Lawsuit targets delays in competency evaluation and restoration services

The ACLU of Northern California and Sullivan and Cromwell filed a lawsuit in state court July 29, accusing the state of California of systematically violating the rights of pre-trial detainees. Under federal and California law, states must timely evaluate criminal…
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Lawsuit filed on behalf of handcuffed 8-year-old with ADHD

S.R. is an eight-year-old, 52 pound boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One day in Fall 2014, S.R. was removed from his classroom, allegedly for causing disruptive behavior. After S.R. allegedly failed to comply with directions from School Resource Officer Kevin Sumner, he was forced into a chair and handcuffed.
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Report: 124 people with mental illness shot by police so far in 2015

The Washington Post published a front-page story July 1, detailing its initial finding from a first-of-its type database of fatal shooting incidents involving police officers. Inspired by the protests surrounding police shootings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the Washington
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Supreme Court expands due process rights for death row inmates with disabilities

In a split 5-4 decision [PDF], the Supreme Court ruled June 18 that the state of Louisiana violated federal law when it refused to provide a death row inmate a hearing to present evidence of his intellectual disabilities. When…
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NDRN calls for reforms of US juvenile justice system

The National Disability Rights Network released an extensive new report June 10, sharply criticizing the nation's system of juvenile justice, particularly in regard to their impact on youth with disabilities. An estimated 65 to 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have been diagnosed has having a disability, a rate more than triple that of the general population.
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Settlement reached in Florida prison case

The Florida Department of Corrections and disability advocates announced May 28 that they have reached a comprehensive settlement to eliminate abusive practices at the Dade Correctional Facility, home of the largest mental health facility in the state’s prison system. Disability
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Texas truancy policies under fire

A trio of disability advocacy groups submitted a complaint (PDF format) with the Texas Education Agency on May 26, accusing the state of systematically violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by the manner in which it punishes students who…