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When People with Intellectual Disabilities Are Punished, Parents Pay the Price

Carol Nesteikis, 66, has never committed a crime. But for two years, from six in the evening to six in the morning the next day, she lived under de facto house arrest with her 32-year-old son, Adam. It wasn’t because she wanted to. The…
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Registration Open: Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference in Seattle, Washington - September 10-13

These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and small group breakouts.  Participants will have the opportunity to choose sessions to best fit their individual needs.  There…
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Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Webinar for Criminal Defense Lawyers

For criminal defense lawyers of all types, clients with mental disabilities are a part of their practice. This includes the white collar criminal defense lawyer who represents an executive charged with tax evasion who functions despite a variety…
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Mentally Ill South Florida Man Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Alleges - The Miami New Times

When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred…
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Registration Open: Defender Summer School, August 6-7

Registration is now open for the 2018 Defender Summer School, hosted by Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Speakers Prof. Denis Keyes, Professor of Education, College of Charleston Dr. I. Bruce Frumkin,…
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Supreme Court Won’t Hear the Case of Brendan Dassey, Sentenced to Life as a Teen and Featured in ‘Making a Murderer’ - The Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea to intervene in the case of Brendan Dassey, whose confession to rape and murder as a teenager was portrayed as coerced in the popular Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” Read more.
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NCADP Webinar: Last Day of Freedom

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP)'s May webinar featured Last Day of Freedom, a short documentary about an African-American veteran who was executed despite serious mental health issues. Watch the webinar.  
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Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities - Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice has launched its new project, Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities. Serving Safely is a national initiative designed to improve…
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Fetal Alcohol Disorder May Be Far More Common Than Previously Thought - Cleveland Clinic

A new study has found that the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may be higher than previously thought. Abstract Importance Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are costly, life-long disabilities. Older data suggested…