Children with disabilities are disproportionately placed in the juvenile justice system, receive inadequate treatment, and are denied educational opportunities, the National Disability Rights Network asserts in this report, subtitled “Recommendations to Prevent the Disproportionate Placement and Inadequate Treatment of Children with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System.”
More than 65% of youth in the justice system meet the criteria for a disability, a rate that is three times higher than that of the general population. These findings are based upon scores of reports from the nationwide Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System. P&As provide legal and other advocacy services to children and youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system, and also maintain a presence in the facilities in which they are found, including prisons, jails, and detention centers. P&As have the legal authority to monitor and investigate allegations of abuse in these facilities.
Issues addressed in this report include:
The report describes the problems children and youth with disabilities encounter and solutions used with success by the P&As, and provides specific recommendations for systemic improvements.
SOURCE ARTICLE: National Disability Rights Network
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