Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution Violates ADA for Mentally Disabled

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013

Institution denies many of its prisoners with disabilities, including those with serious mental illness or intellectual disabilities, the opportunity to participate in and benefit from a variety of correctional services and activities, such as classification, security, housing, and mental health services, or unnecessarily provides prisoners with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities unequal, ineffective, and different or separate opportunities to participate or benefit from Cresson’s classification, security, housing, and mental health services.

They also unlawfully segregates and warehouses prisoners with serious mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities in isolation units, and fails to individually assess such prisoners concerning the risk they actually and objectively pose to others.  Cresson also fails to reasonably modify its policies, practices, and procedures, which is necessary for Cresson to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability.