Invisible Lives: D.C.'s Troubled System for the Retarded; Invisible Deaths: The Fatal Neglect of D.C.'s Retarded

Number 16604
Subject Health
Source Washington Post
State DC
Year 1999
Publication Date Mar. 14, 1999-Feb. 16, 2000
Summary The Washington Post reprints Katherine Boo's 1999 series about the plight of the mentally retarded in Washington D.C. The stories uncovered group homes designated for the mentally disabled found to be in bad condition, abuse and neglect of the mentally retarded on the part of their caretakers and even instances of the mentally retarded being used as slave-wage labor. Boo's series also discovered a history of uncounted deaths of the retarded and the large cover-up The reprint also includes several follow-up stories done by Boo and the Post staff.
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Pages 53
Keywords group homes; Katherine Boo; mentally retarded
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