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Criminal Justice – The Arc Blog
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

How Oprah’s Story and Show Helped One Sexual Abuse Survivor with Down syndrome Beat the Odds
It started with one jarring phone call “Conny, it’s Tammy. I think Jenny has been molested.” The grave tone of my sister Tammy’s voice told me that there was no doubt it was true. How could anyone have hurt our … Continue reading
Friday, April 03, 2015 9:25:45 AM

The Arc Responds to Denial of Clemency for Warren Hill
Washington, DC – This morning, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles voted to deny clemency in the case of Warren Hill, a man who has an intellectual disability (ID). Mr. Hill’s diagnosis of intellectual disability allows for protections found … Continue reading
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:18:55 PM

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