The Judge Rotenberg Center and Torture

Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states: “No one has the right to inflict torture, or to subject anyone else to cruel or inhuman treatment.”  The United Nations (UN) declared in 2013 that the following are torture:

 …forced labor, punitive use of electric shock, prolonged restraint and isolation, rape and other sexual violence in detention, as well as and denial of maintenance medications like methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone) in treating addiction.  It also reported on failures to provide adequate pain treatment as potentially constituting torture.  Even when these practices fall short of outright torture and are merely “ill treatment,” they should be banned in health settings because they “frequently facilitate torture,” the report says. (x)

Punitive use of shock treatment is used in only one place in the world:  The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC).  The JRC is located not just in the United States, not just in Massachusetts, but right here in Norfolk County in Canton.  Their use of electric shock as discipline is used on autistic children and adults.


ADAPT has been heavily protesting the JRC.  Is fighting torture in Canton something you might like to work on this year?  Like our Facebook page for daily urgent actions on other human rights topics, news, and more.  If you want to learn more about the JRC, Lydia X. Z. Brown’s site is a fantastic resource.



5 thoughts on “The Judge Rotenberg Center and Torture

  1. It’s really really sick that this country allows this. I’ve seen this video before. Ive seen most of them. It is extremely cruel especially that they shock them for sh* like stimming (just waving there hand) because they want to eliminate the typical autistic behavior of stimming. Just minor behavior that is not bad or harmful they shock students for. And there is LOP which is another sick twisted horrible torture that they used, probably still do where they take away there prisoners (“students”) right to talk with other students. Its so cruel. It’s incredible that this sadistic viol torture is allowed as an exception, when almost anywhere else this treatment would be punished by imprisonment.

    Try to give some one out in public in the street an electric shock for stimming, do it to a random stranger and it is considered assault. Do it to your child and they take your child away. But JRC can do it and the law says JRC gets a free pass. In JRC It’s called “treatment” by the law. Everywhere else it is called “assault”. Makes no sense.


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