We can also provide additional accessibility aids, such as a height-adjustable bed, on request.: On June 28, 2017, at pm ET, the ACLU is holding a Congressional briefing that will be attended by Senator Durbin on the ACLU’s report, Caged In: The Devastating Harms of Solitary Confinement on Prisoners with Physical Disabilities. Dean Westwood arrived at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Oregon in a wheelchair.
They then placed him alone in an isolated medical cell for approximately seven days.
Read the Full Report: Caged In These prisoners rely on corrections staff for support and services every day, be it assistance in taking showers, getting dressed, receiving medication, utilizing law libraries, or visiting prison commissaries.
Although comprehensive data on the number of prisoners with physical disabilities in jails, prisons, and detention centers across the nation are currently unavailable, as many as 26 percent of state prisoners report possessing a mobility, hearing, or visual disability, according to one 2003 estimate.
The way Coffee Creek jail officials treated Dean Westwood is a travesty, and his story is one of many.
Prisoners with physical disabilities constitute one of the most vulnerable populations in detention, yet across the nation, they are needlessly subjected to neglect, denied services, and placed in solitary confinement.