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On March 23, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted final approval of the settlement in the class action law suit Peter Johnson et al. V. County of Los Angeles, et al.

The settlement resulted in significant improvements to the massive jail system including the construction of wheelchair accessible toilets in the inmate Reception Center, new housing for inmates with disabilities in the jail’s Twin Towers complex, and the appoint of an ADA coordinator to address complaints for inmates or family members.

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On February 11th, DRLC filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill California patients to obtain aid in dying from their physician.  The plaintiffs, consisting of patients and doctors, are asking the court to declare that physicians who provide a prescription for medication to a mentally competent terminally ill patient should not be subject to criminal prosecution under existing California law.

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On February 4th, DRLC and End of Life Choices New York (EOLCNY) filed a lawsuit in the State Supreme Court to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill New York patients to obtain aid in dying from their physician if they find their dying process unbearable.  The plaintiffs, consisting of patients and doctors, are asking the court to declare that physicians who provide a prescription for medication to a mentally competent terminally ill patient should not be subject to criminal prosecution.