Report finds Oregon prisoners with severe mental illness are routinely tasered, pepper-sprayed, isolated, and denied access to adequate mental health care. Continue Reading DRO investigates abuse of prisoners with mental illness
Investigation and Monitoring
Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) can investigate abuse and neglect, and monitor facilities and programs that provide services to people who have disabilities.
As the federally-mandated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) service for Oregon, we have access to facilities to conduct investigations, provide information and training, and monitor compliance with rights and safety. Facilities can include hospitals, community living arrangements, board and care homes, juvenile detention facilities, jails, prisons, schools, and more.
We also have authority to access records, including intake, treatment and discharge records and reports. In the case of abuse, neglect or death, DRO can access records prepared by investigatory authorities.
Once we have conducted our own investigation, we can share the information with the client or appropriate enforcement agencies; prepare a public report that maintains individual confidentiality; pursue alternative remedies, including legal action; and report suspected abuse.
Read more details about our investigative authority: What is Disability Rights Oregon?
Reports from previous investigation efforts:
Our latest stories about investigation and monitoring:
You can watch our testimony here. Continue Reading DRO testifies about isolation of prisoners with mental illness
Our investigation revealed that prisoners in the Behavioral Health Unit spend months and sometimes years in 6 x 10 foot cells, with no natural light, no access to the outdoors or fresh air, and only rare opportunities to speak with another person. Most are in their cells for 23 hours a day. Continue Reading DRO asks Legislature to limit isolation of prisoners with mental illness
Life in the BHU is eerily similar to what is seen across the country wherever individuals with Serious Mental Illness live in solitary confinement: men in cages pace incessantly; they pound the walls, mutter to themselves or scream; horrific levels of self-harm and mutilation are a regular occurrence. Continue Reading SB739 will end solitary confinement for prisoners with serious mental illness in Oregon