Diversion and Reentry

 

Reducing the Incarceration of People with Disabilities

 

Chris Huff

Policy Analyst – Diversion and Reentry

chuff@accessliving.org

(312) 640-2131

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 Access to Justice: A Cross-Disability Perspective on Reducing Jail Incarceration, and policy recommendations for reducing the incarceration of people with disabilities.

Advancing Diversion and Reentry for 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 Access to Justice: A Cross-Disability Perspective on Reducing Jail Incarceration, which included policy recommendations for reducing the incarceration of people with disabilities.

Over the next two years, additional funding from the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge allowed Access Living to continue its work on disability and the criminal justice system, including the addition of further policy recommendations related to diversion and reentry.

In April 2022, we hosted a three-part webinar series called “Voices of Reentry.” In each webinar, people with disabilities provided presentations, followed by videos from five formerly incarcerated people with disabilities sharing their stories about their experiences before, during, and after being incarcerated. In the last part of each webinar, panelists shared their own stories and insights on improving diversion and reentry. 

Resource: Webinar Library – Voices of Reentry Webinar Series


In partnership with impacted people, community partners, Access Living remains dedicated to advancing policy solutions that reduce mass incarceration through supporting people with disabilities in diversion and reentry people with disabilities. For more information, please contact our Disability and Incarceration Policy Analyst.