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Criminal Justice – The Arc Blog
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

“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