Anyone who has ever been in prison or supported someone inside knows that prisons in the US are inhumane and often profoundly disabling. Whether due to no healthcare or bad healthcare, violence, stress, poor food and housing conditions, or aging inside, many people become disabled while in prison. Others who go in with a chronic illness or disability get worse?or do not survive prison at all.
What is the CRPD?
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international treaty defining the human and civil rights of people with disabilities. Prisoners with disabilities are denied access to prison programs and health care, are forcibly restrained and medicated against their will, among other human rights violations. We, former prisoners and prison activists, ask you to support efforts to get the US Government to ratify this new convention. It can be an important tool for protecting prisoners? human rights. Sign and distribute the petition to the US Ambassador to the United Nations.
For more information:
UN Convention: www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=12&pid=150
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