The Rome News-Tribune reports that the State of Georgia has entered into a settlement agreement with the United States of America over civil rights violations alleged by the United States involving people with developmental disabilities being kept in state mental hospitals.
According to the RN-T article and the language of the actual settlement agreement, the United States filed suit in federal court against the State of Georgia for locking up people with developmental disabilities in State hospitals who could have been appropriately served in community-based settings, thereby curtailing their personal freedoms and, thus, infringing upon their civil rights.
This isn’t the only such case filed against a Southern State. The Justice Department has filed a similar action against the State of Arkansas for practically identical allegations. Once again, it’s looking like the Deep South is a hotbed of civil rights violations.
On August 26, 2010, an investigation was opened by the California Department of Education (“CDE”) into allegations of procedural non-compliance that I made in my capacities as both a volunteer surrogate parent and advocate for KPS4Parents on behalf of two incarcerated youth at the Ventura Correctional Facility in Camarillo, CA. Both youth are eligible to receive special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”).
You can download a PDF of the investigation findings by clicking here. The personally identifying information of the students on whose behalf these complaints were filed has been redacted to preserve their confidentiality.
The nature of the complaint was that many, if not most, of the special education students attending Mary B. Perry High School, which is located within the facility, were compromised by systemic failures of the Department of Juvenile Justice (“DJJ”) and its internal public education system, the California Education Authority (“CEA”). The two students named individually in the complaint were compromised by these systemic violations and represented the class of students within the CEA who have been similarly compromised.