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Over-Incarceration Hurts People with Disabilities and Wastes Taxpayer Money. Here’s How to Fix It.

Late last year, when Congress passed a set of modest but long-overdue criminal justice reforms with broad bipartisan support, it was a positive sign that both parties are serious about finally ending our country’s addiction to mass incarceration. America locks people up at a higher rate than any other country on the planet, with 2.2 million people behind bars. This crisis has devastating human costs and tragic consequences, especially for communities of color and people with disabilities.

The ADA and the American Dream

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which turns 28 this week, is the foundational civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against Americans with disabilities in employment, housing, ...