It is not every day that someone has the opportunity to meet a well-respected folk artist, let alone one who successfully freed herself and others from a life sentence in psychiatric institutions. I had the opportunity to meet Lois Curtis at the conference “Celebrating Inclusion: 15 years of the Olmstead Decision” hosted by Services for Independent Living, Inc.
It has been more than a year since the Ohio State Board of Education (BOE) restricted the use of seclusion and restraint in Ohio public schools, yet charter schools are still permitted to operate outside the rules.
Now, a piece of state legislation aims to hold these schools to the same rules that govern other taxpayer-funded educational institutions.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) is well on its way to ensuring that all who are eligible for Medicaid leave prison with a Medicaid card in hand. According to ODRC, 90% of the over 50,000 people incarcerated in state prisons are eligible for Medicaid.
17-year-old Raistlen Katka twice tried to bite through the veins in his wrists. He tried to commit suicide while in solitary confinement in a Montana detention center.
Raistlen’s story is just one of the countless that indicate how isolation hurts.
This week, after several failed attempts to resolve the issue of excessive seclusion in Ohio’s juvenile detention facilities without litigation, the U.S.
I have heard this phrase repeated more times than I can count from police officers, judges, prosecutors, probation officers, sheriffs, and jail administrators; I agree with all of them.
We can’t arrest our way out of this problem.
Our 40 year War on Drugs has come at a tremendous cost, both in human lives and to our local and state budgets.
A few months ago a ninth grade student told me, “I don’t even know what a real school feels like. My school feels and looks like a prison.”
In the last 20 years schools and schools climates have adopted harsh disciplinary policies.
Last week, I attended the Drug Policy Alliance’s International Drug Policy Reform Conference held in Denver, Colorado. The Drug Policy Alliance and its talented staff did a masterful job of putting together a conference that gave a voice to many people impacted by the War on Drugs while highlighting the multitude of reasons why this destructive war must end.