News Releases and Statements
(Fresno, CA – July 2, 2018) Youth with disabilities released from the Juvenile Justice system face daunting obstacles when they return to their homes, schools and communities.
(Sacramento, CA – June 20, 2018) The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California and Disability Rights California today sent a demand letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla demanding increased access to voter registration services for low-income Californians and Californians with disabilities.
(Sacramento, CA – June 11, 2018) A U.S. District Court issued a ruling June 8, 2018, denying San Diego’s motion to dismiss disability discrimination claims in a lawsuit that challenges the ticketing of homeless people in RVs and other vehicles.
Two children with significant disabilities filed a federal class action lawsuit today against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), claiming that the state has failed to fulfill its commitment to provide them with sufficient Medi-Cal in-home nursing services to keep them safely at home.
(San Diego, CA – April 25, 2018) An investigation by Disability Rights California (DRC) finds that since 2010, more than 30 people have died by suicide while held in San Diego County jails. This number far outpaces other county jail systems in the state.
Today, Disability Rights California (“DRC”) and Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) released a 50-page report on their 6-month investigation of the treatment of youth with disabilities at the County Juvenile Hall and other county correctional facilities. The investigation uncovered what the groups describe as “abuse and neglect” of youth with mental and behavioral disabilities in county facilities. According to the report, in 2017, youth with disabilities were disproportionately subjected to pepper spray, restraints and solitary confinement.
(Sacramento, CA – January 10, 2018) We are pleased the governor proposed a budget that does not retreat from the progress made in restoring benefits for programs that serve persons with disabilities, and recognizes the pressing need for community-based forensic mental health programs. The conspicuous exception is continued stagnation in SSI grants since cuts in 2011. We look forward to working with the governor and the Legislature as part of the budget discussions...
(Santa Barbara, CA – December 6, 2017) Five prisoners in the Santa Barbara County Jail filed a federal class action lawsuit today, claiming conditions at the jail do not meet minimum standards under the U.S. Constitution and federal law. According to prisoners, the jail fails to provide basic mental health and medical care, overuses and misuses solitary confinement, discriminates against people with disabilities, and provides inhumane, unsanitary, and unsafe living conditions.
(San Diego, CA – November 16, 2017) A group of homeless people, many with disabilities, sued the City of San Diego today over unfair ticketing of their vehicles. They are represented by Fish & Richardson, Disability Rights California, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Dreher Law Firm, and Bonnett Fairbourn & Balint. The class-action lawsuit challenges enforcement of ordinances banning nighttime RV parking and vehicle habitation that unfairly target homeless people.
(Oakland, CA – November 6, 2017) The Alameda Superior Court ruled the California Department of Education (CDE) must do more to correct longstanding problems with the Oakland Unified School District’s special education program.