The Arc has a long history of advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Criminal Justice System. We have numerous available resources for individuals, families, providers, and law enforcement professionals on this important topic.
This includes training available for delivery in Maryland. Click here to see our brochure for details.
The Arc National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability will be presenting a webinar series throughout 2017 entitled 2017 Policing People with Disabilities. For more information, click here.
Additionally, in Sept 2013, The Arc (US) announced that it has been awarded a two-year grant for $400,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to develop a national center on justice and intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This is the first national effort of its kind to bring together both victim and offender issues involving people with I/DD under one roof. According to the National Crime Victim Survey of 2010 the victimization rate is twice as high for individuals with disabilities as compared to those without disabilities. And we don’t have to look far for examples where law enforcement and people with I/DD could have benefited from this kind of work, including the tragic death of Robert Ethan Saylor in Frederick, Maryland, who died earlier this year after three off-duty deputies attempted to remove him from a movie theater over a misunderstanding over a ticket.