criminal justice

SCOTUS Tightens Rules on Intellectual Disability, Death Penalty

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

When Police Action and Disability Collide

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: “Giving a Name, and Dignity, to a Disability”

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

Lawsuits and conditions stemming from the Americans with Disabilities Act

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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