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Webinar: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Criminal Justice System: From Arrest to Community Supervision, March 2

The National Association for Public Defense is hosting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Criminal Justice System: From Arrest to Community Supervision on March 2, 2018, at 3:00 PM. About the Webinar Fetal Alcohol Spectrum…
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Florida OKs $4.5 Million Payout for Brutal Prison Shower Death of Darren Rainey - The Miami Herald

The State of Florida has approved a $4.5 million settlement to the family of Darren Rainey, a severely mentally ill inmate who was incarcerated at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City. For two hours, Rainey was allegedly locked in…
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Father Longs to Know How His Mentally Ill Son Went Blind and Deaf in State Custody - The Tampa Bay Times

After being arrested for carjacking, a man with schizophrenia spent three years in state custody. When he was released back to his family, he was deaf and blind. Read more.
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July 24-25 Training Seminar: Nitty Gritty Mitigation Sentencing Strategies

    There will be a two-day capital/JLWOP seminar on July 24th and July 25 at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801, for the low cost of $75.00! The seminar is for lawyers…
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Downloading a Nightmare: When Autism, Child Pornography and the Courts Collide - The Marshall Project

In this investigation, The Marshall Project interviewed over a dozen families with autistic members who were arrested for possession of child pornography. Advocates argue that the criminal justice system "confuses autistic behavior with criminal…
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Amicus: The Myth of the Neutral Expert - Slate

In this episode of Slate's Amicus,  Stephen Bright of the Southern Center for Human Rights discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's pending decision in McWilliams v. Dunn regarding whether an indigent defendant whose mental health was a significant…
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Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward - NPR

On this episode of Fresh Air, Bellevue Prison psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Ford discusses her experiences treating inmates suffering from mental illness. Read more.
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A Victory for the Eighth Amendment - The Atlantic

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Moore v. Texas. In a 5-3 decision, the Court ruled in favor of Bobby James Moore, a death row inmate who challenged Texas' method for determining intellectual disability. The Court ruled…
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Deaf, Mute and Accused of Murder, an Undocumented Immigrant Has Been in Legal Limbo for 12 Years - The Washington Post

Oswaldo Martinez is accused of raping and murdering a 16-year-old in 2005. However, due to his extremely limited ability to communicate—Martinez has been deaf and mute since birth—he has been declared incompetent to stand trial. Despite…