The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability

The Arc received $400,000 for a two-year grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice to create The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD). This is the first national effort of its kind to bring together both victim and suspect/offender issues involving people with disabilities, with a focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities (or I/DD), under one roof. NCCJD’s mission is to become the national focal point for the collection and dissemination of resources and serve as a bridge between justice and disability professionals. NCCJD will pursue and promote safety, fairness and justice for all people with disabilities as suspects, offenders, victims or witnesses.

NCCJD will serve as a national clearinghouse for information and training on the topic of people with I/DD as victims, witnesses and suspects or offenders of crime. NCCJD is working with over 20 agency partners and advisors that include a broad spectrum of professionals, including law enforcement, legal and disability fields at the national, state and local levels to create safer lives for people with I/DD who become involved in the criminal justice system. With support from our partners and advisors, over the next two years NCCJD is excited to provide:

  • Information & referral and technical assistance
  • Training for those in the law enforcement, legal, victim advocacy and disability advocacy fields (including web-based and on-site training)
  • A robust on-line resource library (including fact sheets, state-by-state database of relevant laws/legislation and directory of expert attorneys, witnesses, forensic interviewers and victim advocates)
  • Three white papers to promote identification of promising practices and also highlight critical topical issues in the field
  • Greater public awareness via an issue-specific marketing/communication strategy

NCCJD’s goal is to build the capacity of the criminal justice system through our 700 plus chapter network to respond to gaps in existing services for people with disabilities, focusing on people with I/DD who remain a hidden population within the criminal justice system and who have little or no access to advocacy supports or services.

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