Last week, DRLC submitted a letter to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors regarding alternatives to incarceration. DRLC urges the County to support policies and practices that implement treatment for people with mental illness, while also making sustained financial commitments to rehabilitation programs that will help reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
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International Disability Rights
On March 20, 2012, civil rights advocates including the DRLC submitted a Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. The Petition was filed on behalf of California inmates who are placed in isolated segregation for an "indefinite" period or for many years solely based upon a "validation" that they are gang members or are associates of a gang. The Petition alleges that penalizing them in this fashion (i.e., with indefinite or determinate terms of many years solely for gang membership or association without the prisoner having engaged in any illegal acts or acts in violation of prison rules, or even having planned to do so) constitutes cruel and degrading treatment in violation of California's obligations under international law, as such isolation has adverse effects on their mental and physical health.