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Disabled Behind Bars: The Mass Incarceration of People with Disabilities in America’s Jails and Prisons

Author: Center for American Progress
Publication Date: July 2016

People with disabilities are dramatically overrepresented in the nation’s prisons and jails today. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, people behind bars in state and federal prisons are nearly three times as likely to report having a disability as the non incarcerated population, and those in jails are more than four times as likely. This new report by the Center for American Progress, highlights steps policymakers can take to combat inappropriate and unjust incarceration and criminalization of people with disabilities. It also outlines steps to ensure appropriate and humane treatment of people with disabilities throughout the justice system.

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