Disability and human rights advocates have been concerned about the Judge Rotenberg Center (previously, the Behavior Research Institute) since its earliest days in California. The Truth About JRC is a site on which anyone who has concerns about the Judge Rotenberg Center can post information, participate in discussion or ask questions.
People who have worked at the Judge Rotenberg Center are sure that parents are not told the whole truth when they are considering this placement. One purpose of this site is to assure that parents have help in identifying humane alternatives for their children.
We know that there are people with severely challenging behaviors … we also know that people with behaviors just as difficult as those of people housed at JRC are being treated humanely and effectively in positive programs across the country. If it was true that JRC was the only facility that could effectively serve people with similar behaviors, their rolls would reach the thousands.
If the methods used at JRC worked – if a case could be made that their inhumanity was justified by their success, you wouldn’t have students still there after 30+ years. You wouldn’t need to continually develop devices that deliver a stronger and stronger shock or methods to spread the electrodes so the electrical current passes through more flesh for the purpose of assuring greater and greater amounts of pain. Positive behavioral approaches are proven to have more staying power; they give people tools that they can use for life and they help them to change dangerous behaviors in ways that value, enhance, and include people rather than through the use of methods that are coercive, controlling, and inhumane.
We encourage people, especially current and former employees, people who have been housed at JRC, and family members to tell their stories. We want to hear from everyone who has concerns. Entries can be anonymous if you choose. If you have documents that you would like to have posted on this site, please email them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.