What NCCJD Does
The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) is a national center dedicated to pursuing systemic reform at the intersection of criminal justice and disability, with a focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Depending on available resources, NCCJD also tries to help in individual cases involving:
- A person with an I/DD;
- Criminal charges or a criminal justice issue; and
- A request for services or information about accommodations in the criminal justice system.
To request assistance for yourself or someone else, or to request training or technical assistance on criminal justice and disability, please fill out our form. If you need a disability-related accommodation to make your request, please email NCCJDinfo@thearc.org with a description of the requested accommodation(s).
What NCCJD Does Not Do
Due to limited resources and staff, we cannot always provide extensive information or services to individual clients. We are not prosecutors or public defenders. We are not civil legal service providers. We cannot provide legal advice. We cannot provide direct assistance in the following areas:
- Civil legal matters (e.g., divorce, child custody, disability benefits, housing, etc.)
- Civil commitment or guardianship proceedings (without criminal involvement)
- Veterans’ issues (e.g., veterans’ benefits, health care, general legal services for veterans)
Still need assistance? Find your local legal aid program, protection and advocacy agency, chapter of The Arc, state bar association, or general resources.
Please note that the information and resources featured on this website are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.