The Supreme Court rules that the state of Texas cannot rely on a dated definition of intellectual disability in deciding who receives the death penalty. In the opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote, “Adjudications of intellectual disability should be ‘informed by the views of medical experts.” Read more
An op-ed from the Washington Post’s editorial board comments on an ACLU report that details damage faced by disabled inmates when they are placed in solitary confinement. The experience is often traumatic and the effects, difficult to reverse. Read more
Federal officials claim an attorney that hundred hired to fight to keep their disability checks funneled $600 million in fraudulent claims. Read more
In the wake of the Chicago attack on a teenager with intellectual disabilities, a New York Times writer reflects on the cruelty her brother faced as child. She writes of the Chicago attack, “His being different may be the main reason they chose him.” Read more
New data from the FBI shows that the number of hate crimes against Americans with disabilities have declined. Read more
A new report from Harvard Law suggests that in so-called “outlier counties”, those with intellectual disabilities are more susceptible to be sentenced to the death penalty. Read more
NPR’s Marketplace explores “The Cost of Criminalizing Disability” and the rising concern over police action impacting those with disabilities. The cost to families trying to keep a loved one from being arrested and thrown into jail, the article reports, can be high–even unattainable for some. And the cost for incarceration may ultimately fall to taxpayers. Read more
Dan Barry, the winner of 2013’s Katherine Schneider Award Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, writes about evolving disability terminology in The New York Times. In the piece, Barry examines the use of words like “retard” and “imbecile” when describing intellectual disability, including how those words originally entered popular culture. Read more
The wildly popular Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer’ has sparked a massive response, including a petition to free Steven Avery, the series’ subject. But now his nephew’s fate, discussed in the documentary, is also being examined. Read more
Every correctional facility is subject to the ADA, but officials are still figuring out how to comply with it. Journalists can keep tabs on the resulting lawsuits – cases Krisberg says will be a “slam dunk” – as they make their way through the courts. They can also monitor if and how the ADA improves conditions in prisons.
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