Persons with disabilities represent one of the nation's largest minority populations. They are overrepresented in the criminal legal system as persons who are accused as well as persons who are victims of crime. In both the criminal legal system and in society generally, persons with disabilities are often denied meaningful access to the processes and protections afforded to the general population. These training materials and resources provide introduction to some of the issues and challenges that exist in our criminal legal system for persons with disabilities.
It is important that all criminal legal system stakeholders gain a better understanding of core concepts relating to intellectual and developmental disabilities and their impact on involvement with the legal system.
The Arlington Disability and Justice Coalition conducted two trainings on issues related to persons with disabilities in the criminal legal system. To view these trainings, visit our video archives:
The third session of the training, titled "Improving Outcomes" will feature presentations on the application of Supported Decisiong Making in the criminal legal process and the application of Advanced Directives for defendents, witnesses and victims. To view the full agenda and presenter information for the July 29th training, click the button below:
Victims, Witnesses, and Defendants with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (June 24, 2019)
Ariel Simms (The Arc of the United States), Kristine Hamann (Prosecutors' Center for Excellence), and Melissa Reuland (Vera Institute of Justice) provide an overview of intellectual and developmental disabilities, prosecutors' legal obligations when interacting with the disability community, and concrete strategies to effectively serve this population using real-life case scenarios.
Disability Language Style Guide, (National Center on Disability and Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University)
Effective Communication with People with Disability, (Supporting Justice, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University)
FAQ about Titles II and III of the ADA, (U.S. Department of Justice)
Disability Research Library, (Prison Policy Initiative)
Interactions with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, (Model Policy, IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center)
Prosecutor’s Guide for Crimes Involving Victims with Disabilities, (Adult Advocacy Centers)
Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Become Involved in the Criminal Justice System: A Guide For Attorneys, (The Criminal Justice Advocacy Program and the New Jersey Bar Foundation)
Webinar Series: Contemporary Issues in Disability and Criminal Justice, (Mid-Atlantic ADA Center)
Disability Response Teams (DRTs) Explained, (National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability, The Arc)