November 1, 2016—Professor Sharon Dolovich was mentioned in an Ozy article that examined the legal rights of disabled inmates. State prisoners are given access to state and local government services through various pieces of legislation including the Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. However, the process of asking for accommodations in prisons is a tedious process for disabled and mentally ill inmates. Many experts believe that lawsuits against the lack of accommodation and resources for disabled inmates will help the prison reform movement.
Professor Dolovich commented that when prisons are scrutinized and forced to change their policies, they often backslide as soon as initial improvements are seen.