On behalf of students with disabilities who are incarcerated in state-run adult prison facilities, DRNM filed an administrative complaint to the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) regarding the prison system’s failure to provide special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Based upon this complaint and advocacy, the PED’s investigation substantiated DRNM’s complaint on all grounds, finding that the adult prison facilities were non-compliant with state and federal standards of special education, and requiring the facilities to take corrective action. Through this impactful systemic corrective action plan, DRNM hopes to see greater accommodation and protection of the rights of youth with disabilities who are under the age of 22 and incarcerated.

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