Western Australia: “The system is the real “terror” in youth justice”
“How can the West Australian Premier Mark McGowan get away with describing a group of kids with disabilities as “terrorists”? Especially when we know that many of them grew up in the care and under the control of his own State’s Child Protection system.” Recent reports have shed light on the dire conditions and mistreatment […]
Prison Health Data
Analysis from Data For Democracy – Prison Health: A Deep Dive into the Healthcare of the US Jail System With the United States having the highest number of incarcerated individuals globally, the provision of healthcare services within prisons has a direct impact on a significant portion of the population. In this article, Data For Democracy […]
Colorado: Woman with disabilities allegedly attacked by off-duty Aurora police officer files lawsuit against city
This story is an example of when even off-duty police feel entitled to abuse disabled bodies. “A new lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman who was allegedly attacked by an off-duty Aurora police officer says the department has a pattern and practice of officers using excessive force. Wyoma Martinez was left badly beaten outside of her […]
New Mexico Authorities Describe Caregivers’ ‘Torture’ Of Disabled Woman Who Died
Story of medical incarceration and torture of a woman with a disability resulting in her death here.
Involuntary Confinement in New Hampshire
“Judge says New Hampshire must end practice of involuntarily holding psychiatric patients in hospitals” According to local reporting in Mancester, NH: “‘The permanent injunction order issued by Judge McCafferty in federal district court is an important step forward for patients suffering from an acute psychiatric crisis and their families,’ said Vanessa Stafford, spokeswoman for the […]
Family with disabled children among hundreds of Gaza’s homeless after latest fighting with Israel
“With minutes to spare, the neighbors carried Nabhan’s 24-year-old daughter, Ayat, who can’t walk, Areej, 18, who suffers from epilepsy and walking difficulties, and 14-year-old Haneen, who has a chronic illness and movement issues, from the ground-floor apartment. They went upstairs and carried out her son Jalal, who also uses a wheelchair. After the bombing, […]
Why NYPD “Training” Won’t Protect Autistic New Yorkers
Last week, New York City’s mayor signed a new bill requiring autism awareness training for police officers. But no amount of training can change the violence, racism, and ableism at the heart of policing.More from Olivia Wood in Left Voice here.
Justice for Ronald Gene Given
Ronald Gene Given (Kiowa) was killed by jail officials while in custody in the Pottawatomie County jail. He had been arrested after he became agitated waiting to be admitted into a mental health facility. A report from the state’s medical examiner found Given died from organ failure caused by cardiac arrhythmia from struggling as officers […]
“Restarting your life after prison: Providing Medicaid at reentry can help”
According to this NYdailynews.com opinion piece: “Justice-involved people have higher rates of physical and mental health problems, from hypertension to asthma, cancer, infectious diseases and substance use disorders. Once released from jail or prison, they lose medications for such conditions, and reestablishing prescriptions, supportive care and health coverage is a slow and frustrating process. But now New […]
Israeli Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Man Reflects Years-long Pattern of Neglect
Although an interministerial committee to improve law enforcement preparedness for interacting with people with disabilities was established almost three years ago, police officials and mental health professionals said that none of the recommendations have been implemented. See more of the story here.