Incarceration

 

Aiming to reduce incarceration of people with disabilities

In 2018, the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge awarded Access Living a one-year planning grant to research, analyze, and report on how to reduce the incarceration of people with disabilities, with an initial focus on the Cook County criminal justice system. In December of 2019, Access Living published the results of our research, Access to Justice: A Cross-Disability Perspective on Reducing Jail Incarceration, and policy recommendations for reducing the incarceration of people with disabilities.  

Over the next two years, additional funding from the MacArthur Safety and Justice challenge will allow Access Living to continue its work in disability and the criminal justice system.

We are interviewing people with disabilities who have been impacted by the Cook County criminal justice system and key system stakeholders. Those who would like to be interviewed or who can help us reach people who should be interviewed, should contact our Director of Advocacy or the Disability and Incarceration Policy Analyst.

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