A National Campaign for Minority Disability Legislation

Due to a wide array of disability issues that are unique to poor people and people of color it is important to establish legislation which require state agencies serving underrepresented disability communities to compile data and report to the stakeholders.

Most recently a New Jersey bill was signed into public law on January 29, 2015. This campaign needs your support. NBDC is seeking individuals who are interested in initiating a minority disability bill in their state. To assist you, below are steps from implementation of the bill to passage of the public law.

SPLC: DOJ settlement in school-to-prison pipeline case will protect Mississippi Children

June 19, 2015 - Settlement agreements reached in a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit sparked by an SPLC investigation are an important step toward preventing east Mississippi children from being needlessly pushed out of school and into the justice system, the SPLC said today.

“Today marks a significant milestone toward ensuring that children in Mississippi, especially children of color, are protected from unnecessary encounters with law enforcement,” said Jody Owens, managing attorney for the SPLC’s Mississippi office. “We commend the Department of Justice and state and local officials in Mississippi for establishing a plan that will help all children have an equal opportunity to pursue their education.”

The settlement agreements were reached in United States v. City of Meridian, et al. The DOJ has reached two agreements – one that resolves the DOJ’s claims against Meridian and another that resolves its claims against the state. Claims against Lauderdale County and Lauderdale County Youth Court judges are still being litigated.

Analysis shows children & youth treated unfairly in New Jersey's adult prison system

Youth Suffer Long Term Solitary Confinement, Gross Racial & Ethnic Disparities, Justice by Geography, and Lack of Due Process

Elizabeth, New Jersey  A local study by the New Jersey Parents’ Caucus (NJPC) of 472 children and youth, ages 14 to 17, who were waived, sentenced and incarcerated in New Jersey’s adult prison system between 2007 – 2015, showed:

·  Gross racial and ethnic disparities: approximately 90% are youth of color; 72% are African American males.

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