"Why do the authorities feel like they don't have to follow the law?"
The criminal legal system is hard enough for hearing people to navigate, but for deaf people it's often a nightmare, Truthout reports.
"From their first interaction with the police to incarceration, deaf people can fall through the cracks into a world of silent isolation -- a prison inside a prison."
The Louisiana Department of Corrections has started an ASL interpreting program, one of a kind in the United States. Inmates who qualify can earn a certificate in ASL interpreting, potentially leading to job opportunities once they are released.The program also uses the "offender interpreters" to communicate with deaf prisoners in Louisiana's huge prison system.
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