Adult and Juvenile Detention Facilities
This page is about DRC’s work for people with disabilities locked in jails, juvenile facilities, and other institutions. We write reports about how people are treated and file lawsuits to improve how they are treated. This page, also, has press releases and articles about our work in this area. For more detail about our work keep reading.
"We will never achieve justice in this country until we have the courage to look unblinkingly into the hidden corners of our system of mass incarceration, where men and women are locked away and forgotten." Van Jones, author of Rebuild the Dream.
DRC has been a leading organization in efforts to improve the conditions and treatment of prisoners with disabilities in California detention facilities, such as jails and juvenile facilities. Using its monitoring authority, DRC has investigated conditions in detention facilities across the State, focusing on issues that significantly and disproportionally impact people with disabilities, including: (1) overuse and misuse of isolation and solitary confinement; (2) the provision of inadequate medical and mental health care; and (3) program inaccessibility, denial of reasonable accommodations, and other forms of disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws.
This pub tells you about mental health care in jail and prison. It tells you about the kind of care you should get. It tells you what to do if you do not think you are getting adequate mental health care.
This pub tells you about prison and jail realignment. Realignment means people in prison with certain sentences can serve their time in jail. The point of realignment is to lower the number of people in prisons. This pub also tells you about services a person with a mental health disability can get when moved to a jail.
This pub tells you about changing a felony to a misdemeanor. It tells you how to expunge or remove a conviction from your criminal record. It tells you why you may want to do this. It tells you what to do if the court will not change your record.
DRC inspected the Sacramento jail. This pub tells you in detail what we found. We found the jail abuses people with disabilities. We also found it neglects them. We give ideas for fixing the problems in the jail.
DRC inspected the Santa Barbara jail. This pub tells you in detail what we found. We found the jail neglects people with disabilities. We give ideas for fixing the problems in the jail.
DRC inspected San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center. This pub tells you in detail what we found. We found they put youth with disabilities in room confinement. They keep them there too long and without due process. We give ideas for fixing the problem.
DRC inspected San Diego’s juvenile halls. This pub tells you in detail what we found. We found they abuse youth with disabilities. We also found it neglects them. We give ideas for fixing the problems.