No Tour In Vietnam Johny Ramos, who went to the school for the deaf in St.Augustine, was inducted by mistake into the service during the Vietnam War. Since he didn’t understand that his deafness would have made him exempt, he reported for duty. Later, my friend asked him how he had passed his medical examination. […]
This is an edit of an interview I did with a deaf woman who was arrested a few years ago in Arizona. The interview was conducted via the Video Interpreting Service. It is worth noting, how expressive and conversant this woman sounds in the interview. Bear in mind, that the voice you’re hearing is the […]
“Pete Castle” was away from home, and going into freshman year at a community college in Denver. College for him, was a completely new cultural experience. Because of his deafness, much ordinary life skills had passed him by. Here he was in a laundromat, strange to him, his mother always having done his wash. School […]
This is a memo I received from HEARD. The case is current, so not only are the names and locations redacted, but also any information that could be considered sensitive. HEARD Case
When the owner of this Blog, contracted me to build and manage the site, it was not because of my knowledge of the Deaf community, nor my understanding of the struggle of Deaf prisoners. I’m not a psychologist, an attorney or an ASL interpreter. I’m an engineer, who recently discovered he has a penchant for […]
Two Md. inmates worthy of mercy – The Washington Post.
How are we doing, so far?
This doesn’t really concern the American Deaf – behind bars, here – but it is pertinent, nonetheless. NYT Article Flash Slide Show
Appeared in Beaumont Enterprise, March 11, 2012, Sunday. Opinions. Deaf Suspects and Inmates: Barriers in the Criminal Justice System On February 29, 2012, a Beaumont Enterprise reporter wrote: “Trying to arrest an armed and apparently intoxicated man took an unusual turn Monday in Orange when police found out he was deaf.” What happened in Orange, […]
The letter in essence is saying, there have been no interpreters since he last wrote on 2/20 and he is still grieving that issue. The inmate said there are no deaf in any programs like the faith dorm, GED class, PRIDE Ind., etc. That he was attacked, and – defending himself – got a cut […]
Ed: This article was was written by Jean Andrews Ph.D and originally published in Corrections Compendium Magazine, Vol. 36 Issue 11, Spring 2011. It was scanned into PDF format, and is reproduced here exactly as I received it. If you have trouble making out the text, try clicking the page as a link. When the […]
There are deaf people in prison who shouldn’t be there, some who should, but for all deaf people, there are the additional problems in communication no matter how sophisticated and well educated they are. These may be the simplest things, like announcements over the intercom that the deaf inmate doesn’t hear – mail call, sick […]
[Ed. The following article was written by Dr. McCay Vernon, and appeared originally in the American Annals of the Deaf while Dr. Donald Moores was editor. The current editor is Peter V. Paul, Ph.D.The business and editorial offices for the publication are at Gallaudet University.] For any human being, imprisonment is a devastating experience (No […]
Basic Legal Issues in Handling Cases of Defendants who are Deaf McCay Vernon, Ph.D. & Jean Andrews, Ph.D. Submitted to the Champion, October 2010 Contact Author: McCay Vernon McCay Vernon, Ph. D. is a forensic psychologist and professor emeritus of McDaniel College, Westminster, MD 21157 Jean Andrews is a reading specialist and professor of […]
Welcome at last, to Deafinprison.com. Today, March 4th 2012, marks our official launch date. Although we’ve been on the Web for a couple of months now, we’re finally out of the construction phase and ready to reveal ourselves to the world. Dostoyevsky said, “The degree of civilization in a society is revealed by entering its […]
When Innocence Isn’t Enough – NYTimes.com. Deaf or hearing, many innocent people are still behind bars, often facing the Death penalty. For these individuals, the path to freedom may be a difficult, if not impossible one to tread.