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California’s Santa Barbara County Jail slammed in new report

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 February 23. During…
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Bill would provide new protections for children with disabilities in abuse cases

The Wisconsin Assembly unanimously passed a bill January 19 that directs the state’s child protective services agency to set clear standards for interacting with children with disabilities when they are suspected of being the subject of child abuse or neglect.…
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Agreement reached to overhaul Oregon prison

Disability Rights Oregon and the state Department of Corrections have reached a Memorandum of Understanding [PDF], agreeing to reduce solitary confinement and improve services for people with mental illness at the Oregon State Penitentiary’s Behavioral Health Unit. The announcement,…
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Tallon explains what happens when jails respond to mental health symptoms with discipline rather than treatment

A 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.…
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Settlement to force overhaul of Illinois 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 because a person with mental illness…
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Lawsuit hammers solitary confinement practices at Santa Clara Jail

Brian 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…
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Report uncovers abuse of inmates with disabilities in Sacramento Jail

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 California and the Prison
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Report slams South Africa’s inclusive education shortcomings

In a new report released August 18, Human Rights Watch accused the South African government of falling woefully short of its international obligations to ensure free, inclusive education for children with disabilities. “Children with disabilities continue to face discrimination when…
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Inmates with mental illness tell their stories through the AVID Jail Project

The AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington works on behalf of inmates with mental illness in several local jails. As Washington’s protection and advocacy agency, Disability Rights Washington is in a unique position to bring recording equipment into jails to capture and share the experiences of people with disabilities.