Lawsuit, Report Allege Kern County's Mistreatment of Disabled Youth

Bakersfield.com
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"A lawsuit was filed against Kern County on Wednesday by two disability rights groups claiming that youth in the county’s correctional facilities were discriminated against.

Disability Rights California and Disability Rights Advocates assert that youths with mental and behavioral disabilities in Juvenile Hall and other county facilities were subjected to restraints, solitary confinement of up to 23 hours a day and pepper spray for non-violent acts more than other youths in 2017.

The report also alleges that youth were not provided with adequate mental health treatment or special education services."