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Criminal Justice – The Arc Blog
RE: Clemency for Ledell Lee
Dear Governor Hutchinson: I write on behalf of The Arc of the United States (The Arc) to urge you to commute the death sentence of Ledell Lee pending a full clinical evaluation to determine whether Mr. Lee has an intellectual … Continue reading
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:41:50 PM

The Arc Applauds Supreme Court’s Decisive Rejection of Texas’ “Wholly Nonclinical,” “Outlier” Standards in Determining Intellectual Disability
By: Shira Wakschlag, Director of Legal Advocacy & Associate General Counsel        Ariel Simms, Criminal Justice Attorney Fellow In decisively rejecting these “Briseno factors,” the Court embraces the standards-based approach in determining intellectual disability for which The Arc has long advocated. … Continue reading
Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:02:17 PM

New Project Announcement: The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disabilities® (NCCJD) and The Board Resource Center (BRC)
Building Capacity of Primary Care Providers to Discuss Sexual Violence with Women with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Introduction In September of this year, The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® (NCCJD) was awarded a one-year grant from The Special Hope … Continue reading
Thursday, January 26, 2017 4:31:26 PM

The Arc on Commutation for Death Row Inmate Abelardo Arboleda Ortiz In the Final Days of Obama’s Presidency
Washington, DC – The Arc commends President Obama for commuting Abelardo Arboleda Ortiz’s sentence from death to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mr. Ortiz’s diagnosis of intellectual disability should have ruled out the death penalty per a … Continue reading
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:15:16 PM

The Arc Reacts to Charges Filed in Brutal Beating of Chicago Teen with Reported Cognitive Disabilities
Washington, DC – In reaction to the news that a Chicago area teenager with reported cognitive disabilities was brutally beaten by four assailants while being held captive over the weekend, The Arc released the following statement: “The charges fit the … Continue reading
Thursday, January 05, 2017 4:52:00 PM

Robert Perske: A Celebration of Life Delivered at his Memorial Service
By Quincy S. Abbot, Friend and Past National President of The Arc Bob was one of the humblest of men and also one of the most outspoken of men when urging that individuals with intellectual disabilities have the right to … Continue reading
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:53:21 PM

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