People with disabilities have the right to be considered competent and to conduct their own affairs, unless determined by a court of law to lack such capacity. They have protection of civil rights in commitment and release proceedings and the right to humane treatment during confinement.


• Termination of Guardianship
• Lack of Equal Protection
• Lack of Mental Health Treatment in Detention Facilities
• Delay of Process in Commitment and Release Proceedings
• Accommodations in Judicial Proceedings, such as Sign Language Interpreters

Freedom from Abuse and Neglect:

People with disabilities are not abused or neglected during detention or denied lawful release.

Rights Violations Addressed:

• Denial of rights in Pre-sentencing
• Inhumane treatment during detention
• Delayed release after civil commitment
• Delayed release after criminal commitment
• Denial of rights during probation or parole

Accessible Communities

Judicial and detention facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

Rights Violations Addressed:

• Inaccessible judicial and/or detention facilities.

Independence, Productivity, Integration and Inclusion

People with disabilities have competent and timely legal representation.


Contact HDRC

(808) 949-2922
(800) 882-1057
Fax: (808) 949-2928

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