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Sara Mayeux

North Carolina Lawsuit: Inmates with Disabilities Say They’re Effectively Barred from Sentence Reduction Credits

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Via the Crime Report, here’s a news item on a new lawsuit against the North Carolina prison system:

Brought on behalf of six inmates with disabilities, the lawsuit contends that the system for rewarding “sentence reduction credits” violates the Americans With Disabilities Act and other federal laws. Inmates in North Carolina can shave up to six days a month off their sentences by performing work assignments and earning education credits.

“We don’t think anybody in North Carolina should be serving additional time in prison simply because they’re living with a disability,” said Mary Pollard, the director of N.C. Prisoner Legal Services, which filed the suit.

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