Generally, in prison, any weakness is quickly and mercilessly exploited. What could possibly be more desirable amongst the abusers, than someone who is unable to communicate his suffering?
Furthermore, they don’t have the advantage of being able to hear people coming up behind them, or whispering about them in groups.
All those little defenses that we hearies take for granted, are not available to the profoundly deaf.
In theory of course, Deaf inmates are to be housed in special and segregated facilities, where they have interpreters, TTY or videophones, Deaf-specific medical care and trained officers who can work with them. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.
In a general population facility, these people are little more than meat – tragedies waiting to occur.
You can learn more about these issues through these websites:
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- Free Felix Garcia FaceBook Page
Or simply type deaf in prison into an internet search.
BitcoDavid is a blogger, administrator, and primary contributor to DeafInPrison.com. Originally an a/v and computer engineer, he became interested in Deaf advocacy through his clients at DeafInPrison. DeafInPrison also features Dr. McCay Vernon – a psychologist and author, Pat Bliss – a paralegal that has been active in cases, Joanne Greenberg – an advocate and author, and Jean F. Andrews – a university professor and author.
Editor’s note: The blogosphere is home to many sites that work to educate and reform the criminal justice system. DeafInPrison.com is one outstanding example. Through getting to know the site’s webmaster, CrimeDime took an interest in their work. We asked several questions with the idea of doing an interview, but it turns out there’s so much to discuss on this topic that a series of separate posts made more sense. This is the final piece in our series, but you can find the first three posts linked below.
- Deaf In Prison: How Do Correctional Officers Treat Deaf Inmates? (crimedime.com)
- Deaf In Prison: What Challenges Do Deaf Inmates Face? (crimedime.com)
- Deaf In Prison: Prison Life and the Americans With Disabilities Act (crimedime.com)
- Insights From Jail Population Numbers (crimedime.com)
- Prison Populations are Up and Crime Rates are Down – What’s Up With That? (crimedime.com)
- Gerrymandering – No You Can’t Make Up Your Own Definitions (crimedime.com)