Panel: Disability, Economics, and Justice
(Poverty and Income Policy)

Saturday, November 4, 2017: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Burnham (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Navena Chaitoo, Vera Institute of Justice
Panel Chairs:  Sophie Mitra, Fordham University
Discussants:  Stephen Roberts, Vera Institute of Justice

Persons with Disabilities in Jails and Prisons
Navena Chaitoo, Vera Institute of Justice

This interdisciplinary panel brings together economic policy and criminal justice researchers to discuss the causes and consequences of deprivations faced by individuals with disabilities. Some deprivations are well-documented (worse employment outcomes, lower incomes, and extra costs). This session will share research from new angles: (1) Poverty rates computed using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) for families that include only children with disabilities, families that include only adults with disabilities, families with both adults and children with disabilities, and families that do not have a member with a disability. (2) Intergenerational economic mobility for children whose parents report having a work-limiting disability versus children whose parents never report having a work-limiting disability. (3) The experience of justice-involved persons with disabilities who were first swept en-masse into the criminal justice system as a consequence of deinstitutionalization and quality-of-life policing, the level of victimization faced in jails and prison, and placement in restrictive housing.

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