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Washington, D.C., Dec. 19 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit disabilities organization, thanks Senator John Cornyn for his leadership on criminal justice reform. Said Hon. Steve Bartlett, the former Dallas mayor and member of Congress who now chairs RespectAbility, “While a large number of Members of the House and Senate were pivotal in creating and passing Criminal [click to continue...]

Washington, D.C., Dec. 18 – As Congress advances our national dialogue on criminal justice reform, it is critical to remember that criminal justice issues are issues that dramatically impact people with disabilities. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 32 percent of federal prisoners and 40 percent of people in jail have at least one disability. RespectAbility, [click to continue...]

New Report on Disability and Criminal Justice Reform Shows 750,000 People with Disabilities Behind Bars Offers Specific Recommendations to Include Disability Lens in Justice Reform Process Download the Disability and Criminal Justice Reform report in an accessible Word document. Download the PowerPoint presentation in an accessible PPT. Watch the video of our panel discussion on [click to continue...]

New Report Brings to Light the Importance of Including People with Disabilities in Justice Reform Process Today, there are more than 750,000 Americans with disabilities behind bars. A new report released June 20, showed, for the first time, that a shocking number of America’s jail and prison inmates have disabilities. The report, released by the advocacy group [click to continue...]

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