from the blog

The Arc Blog » Criminal Justice
Statement from Brian Kammer, Attorney for Warren Hill
“Today Georgia set an execution date for a man who has had intellectual disability since childhood, and whose execution would be unconstitutional. Twice the lower court found Warren Hill to have intellectual disability by the preponderance of the evidence, a … Continue reading
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 4:25:38 PM

The Arc Calls on Governor McAuliffe to Grant a Conditional Pardon for Neli Latson Immediately
Stafford, VA – Today was another day in court for Neli Latson, a young man with autism who has spent a significant amount of time in solitary confinement. His case has become the symbol for dysfunction in our national justice … Continue reading
Thursday, January 08, 2015 1:36:27 PM

Justice Can Seem Insurmountable – New Pathways to Justice™ Introduction Video Aims to Help People with I/DD Navigate Daunting System
“Too many times people with disabilities come into contact with the criminal justice system and the outcome is anything but just.” The opening words of a new video created by The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD), … Continue reading
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 3:41:21 PM

The Arc Raises Questions in Case of Shocking Abuse and Neglect against Teenager in Anderson, Indiana
Indianapolis, IN – Fifteen years old and weighing less than 40 pounds.  Covered in feces and locked in a room, alone and for an unknown amount of time, by her grandfather.  The police reports released in Anderson, Indiana about the … Continue reading
Friday, December 05, 2014 11:29:21 AM

Case Dismissed: National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability Provides Critical Support to Bring Justice in Illinois
The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) fields calls from all over the country regarding people with disabilities in the criminal justice system. From a first encounter with a police officer to their time behind bars, the … Continue reading
Friday, November 21, 2014 12:43:34 PM

The Arc Weighs In on Dr. Phil Shows on the Case of Kelly Stapleton
Washington, DC – Last week, Dr. Phil aired two shows about the case of Kelly Stapleton, a mother from Michigan who attempted to take the life of her daughter, Issy, who has autism, and herself last year. The Arc released … Continue reading
Monday, September 22, 2014 1:50:21 PM

The Arc Calls on Cuyahoga County Prosecutor to Pursue Ice Bucket Challenge Assault Perpetrators to Fullest Extent of the Law
Washington, DC – As the nation has reacted with outrage to the incident in Bay Village, Ohio where a teenager with autism was doused with urine instead of ice water in a fake Ice Bucket Challenge, The Arc is calling … Continue reading
Monday, September 15, 2014 1:35:43 PM

Chapters of The Arc Selected for National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability’s “Pathways to Justice” Training Program
We are pleased to announce that five chapters of The Arc were selected to pilot implementation of The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability’s (NCCJD) “Pathways to Justice” Training Program. Through this program, chapters will help build the … Continue reading
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 2:30:23 PM

The Arc Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Hall v. Florida
The Arc released the following statement following news that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Freddie Lee Hall in the case Hall v. Florida, a death penalty case concerning the definition of intellectual disability (ID) that Florida uses … Continue reading
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 3:21:20 PM

The Arc Applauds Stay of Execution of Robert Campbell, Vows to Continue Legal Advocacy Efforts
Washington, DC – Today, the state of Texas was scheduled to execute Robert Campbell, a man who has an intellectual disability (ID), which should have ruled out the death penalty per a 2002 Supreme Court ruling, Atkins v. Virginia.  But … Continue reading
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:29:47 PM