Corrections and the ADA: Balancing the rights of people with disabilities while incarcerated

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Studies show that a large number of individuals within the prison system are people with disabilities. The literature discusses how the various systems serving incarcerated individuals have historically treated people with disabilities in a manner that did not address their rights to equal access to programs and services, as well as the removal of physical barriers or provision of effective communication. This session will explore the strides that have been made and strategies implemented within the corrections community to address the rights of individuals with disabilities while retaining its focus on imposing punishment.


Elizabeth Stanosheck Jeanette Coordinator , Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS)