“The horizon recedes as we advance” was a phrase often quoted by Loyola Law School Dean Emeritus Gerald “Gerry” McLaughlin. Dean McLaughlin was a stalwart friend of Disability Rights Legal Center and a founder of the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC), who passed away on April 12, 2015.
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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.