Disability Rights

PRP won a favorable settlement in Rosario v. Department of Correctional Services, overturning policies denying disabled prisoners in the state prison system’s Regional Medical Units any access to work, education, and alcohol and drug treatment programs, which are provided to non-disabled prisoners, and which permit them to earn “merit time” allowances against their sentences. PRP is counsel in Clarkson v. Coughlin, a class action on behalf of deaf and hearing-impaired prisoners that was settled favorably some years ago, and intervenes on behalf of class members to remedy failures to provide and repair hearing aids and other failures to accommodate their disabilities. PRP responds to complaints from state and city prisoners about failures to accommodate their disabilities, most frequently failure to provide visual and mobility aids and failure to provide assistance with daily activities for severely disabled prisoners.