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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

“The Times, They Are a-Changin”… But Will Criminal Justice Reform Measures Leave Some People Out?
By Leigh Ann Davis, Program Manager, NCCJD A recent Huffington Post article stated: “America must turn the page on its over-dependence on the criminal justice system. In order to break arrest cycles and end inappropriate criminalization of people with mental … Continue reading
Friday, March 04, 2016 2:42:13 PM

Is Justice Delayed Really Justice?
By Leigh Ann Davis – Program Manager, Justice Initiatives If you had been in prison since 1987 for a crime you didn’t do – missing nearly three decades of your life – and then were released and had charges dismissed, … Continue reading
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 4:09:35 PM

Research Is In – Recognizing Disability Leads to Better Outcomes in Criminal Justice System
Adapted for The Arc’s blog by Janet Keeler, Ph.D., Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Cleveland, Ohio The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ (CCBDD) Forensic Unit and Cleveland State University recently completed a seven-year collaborative research project focusing on … Continue reading
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 11:54:03 AM

GTO Cadets: A Law Enforcement Internship Program for Young Adults with Disabilities
NCCJD Promising Program Spotlight By Officer Travis Akins On November 10, 2014, the Roanoke Police Department held a press conference to officially launch GTO CADETS—“Grow Through Opportunity.” The GTO CADETS program allows young adults with disabilities to intern within the … Continue reading
Thursday, May 07, 2015 10:53:03 AM

The Arc Celebrates Release of Richard Lapointe on Bond, Urges Prosecutors to Drop Case
Washington, DC – The Arc is thrilled to see the release today of Richard Lapointe, who has been in prison since 1987 for a rape and murder he did not commit. After a lengthy, coercive interview with the police, Lapointe … Continue reading
Friday, April 10, 2015 1:44:22 PM