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Case Name: PA Dept. of CORRECTIONS v. YESKEY

Date, Location, Cite: 1998 PA
118 S. Ct. 1952
US SUPREME COURT

Yeskey was sentenced to 18-36 months, but was recommended to go to Boot Camp, which could lead to parole in 6 months. He was refused due to a history of hypertension. He sued under ADA for being denied 'benefits' due to a 'qualified individual with a disability.'
The Supreme Court unanimously held that prisons and programs such as this fall squarely within the provisions of the ADA, and such indiviuals must be allowed to have the benefits of the programs.