Using Legislative Options to Reform Laws to Assist People with I/DD Who Are Caught Up in the Criminal Justice System

September 17th, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm, ends at 3:00 pm

Join us for the first Equal Justice Talks webinar to hear how families are working to improve the criminal justice system for people with IDD. LRIDD is a parent support and advocacy group which began as a grassroots parent advocacy group and has grown into a national movement of families and professionals seeking criminal justice reform for individuals with IDD who have become involved in the criminal justice system. As we know, people with IDD are grossly overrepresented in the criminal justice system, though their disability is overlooked in investigation, prosecution and sentencing.

The speakers will discuss the creation of the movement, particularly the activities and successes around changing legislation and provide suggestions for further criminal justice reform. Our speakers will also share their personal struggles on behalf of their family member and themselves, describing how arrest, prosecution, incarceration and re-entry has had a devastating impact on individuals with IDD and their families. LRIDD and The Arc of Virginia have gained recognition for their work on these legislative reform issues and they will offer a blueprint for working successfully toward change.

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