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Criminal Justice – The Arc Blog
The Arc Reacts to Charges Filed in Brutal Beating of Chicago Teen with Reported Cognitive Disabilities
Washington, DC – In reaction to the news that a Chicago area teenager with reported cognitive disabilities was brutally beaten by four assailants while being held captive over the weekend, The Arc released the following statement: “The charges fit the … Continue reading
Thursday, January 05, 2017 4:52:00 PM

Robert Perske: A Celebration of Life Delivered at his Memorial Service
By Quincy S. Abbot, Friend and Past National President of The Arc Bob was one of the humblest of men and also one of the most outspoken of men when urging that individuals with intellectual disabilities have the right to … Continue reading
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:53:21 PM

The Arc Responds to Florida Supreme Court’s Decision to Vacate Death Sentence for Freddie Lee Hall in Florida
Washington, DC – The Arc released the following statement following news that the Supreme Court of Florida reversed the circuit court’s order in the case Hall v. Florida, a death penalty case concerning the definition of intellectual disability (ID) that … Continue reading
Friday, September 09, 2016 12:06:01 PM

The Arc Commends Department of Justice’s Report on Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department
Washington, DC – Last week, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division released a report following an investigation into the past conduct of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD). DOJ concluded that there is “reasonable cause to believe that … Continue reading
Friday, August 19, 2016 3:43:03 PM

The Arc’s Statement on Overturning of Brendan Dassey’s Murder Conviction 
Washington, DC – The Arc, the nation’s largest civil rights organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, released the following statement on the news that a judge has overturned the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey: … Continue reading
Saturday, August 13, 2016 1:26:05 PM

The Arc’s Statement on the Shooting of Unarmed Caregiver in Florida
Washington, DC – The Arc, the nation’s largest civil rights organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, released the following statement on the news that Charles Kinsey, a caregiver (commonly known as direct support professional) … Continue reading
Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:56:48 PM

Pathways to Justice™ Grants Awarded for 2016-2017
This month, six chapters of The Arc each received a $2,000 Pathways to Justice™ grant from The Arc of the U.S.  Funded by DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Pathways to Justice program was initiated in 2013 by The Arc’s … Continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 12:58:47 PM

Will There Ever Be Justice for Jenna?
by Mary Clayton My daughter, Jenna, is a 26-year old woman with Down syndrome, and she is also a sexual assault survivor. On June 11, 2013, I discovered bruising just above her pubic hairline. The next day, I took Jenna … Continue reading
Monday, April 18, 2016 1:06:06 PM

New Florida Law Seeks Protection for People with I/DD Questioned by Law Enforcement: A Positive Step, but Needs Improvement  
By Ashley Brompton, J.D., NCCJD Criminal Justice Fellow This week, the Florida legislature passed legislation that will hopefully provide a stepping stone toward further protections for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are interviewed or questioned by law enforcement. … Continue reading
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:04:21 PM

Mislabeled a Sex Offender: The Kelmar Family’s Fight for Justice
My name is Brian Kelmar, and I am the father of a 24 year old son who has autism and auditory and sensory processing disabilities. Our nightmare began almost six years ago, right after my son graduated high school. It’s … Continue reading
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 9:41:53 AM