Despite ADA, Inmates With Disabilities Face Neglect

By Christopher Zoukis In a 1998 decision, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskey, the Supreme Court made clear Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits not just federal, but also state and local corrections from discriminating against otherwise qualified individuals due to their disabilities. First-time offender Roland Yeskey was sentenced to a […]

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Safety and Segregation: The uneasy relationship between violence and solitary confinement

A bizarre development out of New York has prisoners’ and human rights activists scratching their heads this week. It’s best summed up by The Nation’s headline for an article discussing the matter: “Rikers is Reforming Solitary Confinement—With More Solitary Confinement?”  There’s little question as to Rikers infamy as a penal institution. Despite decreasing the number […]

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Mental illness and slow death by solitary confinement

On June 7th, the American prison system took another life. Kalief Browder had not been confined behind the walls of a prison for several months, but the system remains largely responsible for his death nonetheless. On that Saturday afternoon, Kalief’s mother made the discovery that no parent should have to endure: he had hanged himself […]

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