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Criminal Justice – The Arc Blog
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

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