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Criminal Justice – The Arc Blog
The Arc Partners with the Vera Institute of Justice on National Initiative to Improve Police Responses to Persons with Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
People living with mental health disabilities and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are disproportionately represented in contacts with law enforcement and other first responders, as well as in every part of the criminal justice system, including jails and prisons. While … Continue reading
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:19:15 PM

The Arc Responds to Supreme Court Decision to Decline Review of Brendan Dassey Case
Washington, DC – Washington, D.C. – Today, The U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant review of Dassey v. Dittman. Brendan Dassey, a young man with social, learning, and developmental disabilities, was a central figure in Netflix’s smash docuseries, Making a Murderer.  He was sentenced to … Continue reading
Monday, June 25, 2018 1:29:16 PM

Kecia’s #MeToo Story
WARNING: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault Individuals with disabilities are seven times more likely to be victims of sexual assault than those without disabilities. Kecia, sexual assault survivor-turned-advocate, is one of those individuals. She was raped, but justice was … Continue reading
Thursday, January 25, 2018 11:48:21 AM

The Arc Responds to New Report Exposing Abuse and Neglect of Individuals With Disabilities in Group Homes
Washington, DC – At the request of Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General investigated states’ monitoring and reporting of injuries and other critical incidents of people with disabilities living in group homes. Following … Continue reading
Monday, January 22, 2018 5:00:41 PM

#MeToo: Helping Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Talk Openly About Sexual Violence with Health Care Professionals
Prompted by recent news events, women everywhere are speaking up and sharing accounts of sexual violence. Social media feeds have been so inundated with tales of unwanted personal sexual encounters that it has sparked an online media campaign, punctuated by … Continue reading
Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:21:24 PM

The Arc Brings Disability Perspective to Police-Led Hate Crimes Advisory Committee
Since 2013, The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® (NCCJD®) has served as a bridge between the disability and law enforcement communities, and is the first-of-its-kind national clearinghouse for information and training on the topic of people with … Continue reading
Monday, November 13, 2017 2:46:58 PM

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