The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia will implement new procedures to accommodate deaf inmates, the Associated Press reports, after it reached a $250,000 settlement with a former inmate who said he was denied a way to communicate effectively during a weeks-long incarceration.
Abreham Zemedagegehu, a homeless Ethiopian immigrant, sued the sheriff’s office last year. He spent six weeks at the county jail on charges that he stole an iPad; the accuser later recanted.
Zemedagegehu said for the first few days of his incarceration he didn’t even know why he’d been arrested. He said his requests for an American Sign Language interpreter frequently went unanswered.
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