A Suicide In Prison

Individuals who are coping with mental Illness are in need of treatment not incarceration and isolation. Isolation can lead to suicide.That is what happened to William Goetzee, Coast Guard officer who was locked up and not properly supervised. He committed suicide in a New Orleans prison. Among the areas that the Justice Department has focused […]

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Lipreading Mom’s Show Me Your Ears Campaign

Author, speaker and hearing loss community activist Shanna Groves – the Lipreading Mom – asked me to reblog this story for her. Join me in my new awareness campaign Show Me Your Ears: To Promote Deaf and Hearing Loss Community Awareness. The idea is simple: Read more… http://lipreadingmom.com/2012/09/14/show-me-your-ears-lipreading-moms-new-campaign/ I have blogged extensively about my progressive […]

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You Learn Lessons in Some Strange Places

I was at my endocrinologist‘s clinic this morning – wowing him with my stellar physicality – when an interesting exchange took place. It appears, that his patient immediately after me, required an interpreter. “Sign language?” I asked, obsessive individual that I’m known to be. “Nope, Spanish,” he said. “Problem is, they won’t wait – they’re […]

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An E-Mail From Change.org

Child abuse victim Terry Williams killed the man who raped him for five years — now Terry faces the death penalty in three weeks. Help stop his execution. Sign Sue’s Petition David – Terry Williams is facing the death penalty in three weeks for killing the man who repeatedly raped him. But when Terry was […]

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HEARD’s Writing Campaign

Want to help write sorely needed letters to Deaf inmates in prisons throughout America? Here’s your chance to help alleviate someone’s insufferable solitude. Hello Fellow HEARD Supporters: Its that time again, writing time. HEARD Board members and volunteers we will be gathering for a few hours to write to some of our Deaf inmates that […]

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A Brief Update

After quite some time, we are finally in a correspondence with Thousand Kites Campaign: Justice Silenced. They publish videos about prison reform and discrimination against the Deaf. I’m in the process of getting them to release some of those videos to us for captioning and publication here on DeafInPrison.com. Pat Bliss’s 22nd chapter of the […]

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Illinois Governor Seeks to Close States Only SuperMax

This article originally appeared in Truthout. The only supermax facility in Illinois, meaning it is the only prison built to keep the majority of its prisoners in isolation, Tamms prison was consigned for closure by the state’s governor in July. But the battle between former prisoners, the families of those hurt by conditions at Tamms, […]

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A Letter From Felix Garcia to HEARD

This is a letter I received from HEARD. It is Felix’s most plaintive communication yet. We really need to help this innocent man gain his freedom. Here’s the PDF link to his latest letter. Felix – HEARD letter As I work on these videos, I come to see Felix as an intelligent, compassionate, ethical and […]

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Finally! Felix #6 is Up!

Here’s the 6th installment in our interview series with Felix Garcia, in prison. Copyright Jim Ridgeway, Interviewers Jim Ridgeway and Pat Bliss, Tech and captions, Me :), and our awesome wonderful interpreter still opts for confidentiality – but I’m working on her. We’ll make a rock star of her yet. So, enjoy – here’s Felix […]

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She Smiles and Nods

I wrote this description from a videotape, I was asked to review in a court case involving a lady deaf inmate in a prison in the western part of the U.S. She Smiles And Nods She stood in the small room alone shackled in chains from the top of her ankles to a metal black […]

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More News from HEARD

We wanted to let you all know a group of RIT students is working on an independent study project that focuses on Deaf Defendant/Prisoner Rights at the county jail and local prisons.  This project is being led by Attorney-Professors Michael Stein & Jennifer Gravitz.   The group will focus on finding and documenting info on […]

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An Inmate Letter from Utah – Courtesy of HEARD

This is one of four Inmate Letters I received from HEARD, in my inbox last night. I will be posting them today, as I get them converted and redacted. We need to redact all inmate letters to protect the safety of these brave individuals who speak out against an unfair and unjust system. Although I […]

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Kids Behind Bars – from Prisonmovement’s Weblog

This is a reblog from Prisonmovement’s Weblog. They did an excellent job in writing this piece. I should mention as well, that they’ve reformatted their site recently, and it looks awesome. As I’ve said before, I very much enjoy their work and consider it an honor to call myself a colleague. Before the other boys […]

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Plea For Help From Law Enforcement

Over the years, I have known some dirty cops. I’ve known some sadistic cops. I’ve even known some outright evil cops. What’s rarely mentioned however is that I’ve also known an equal number of honest, hardworking and dedicated cops who truly wanted to serve the communities in which they lived and worked. I’ve actually interfaced […]

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From CBS News – Deaf Captive Held For SS Checks

This story was covered by CBS News, and brought to my attention by Marsha Graham. Held captive by a neighbor, he was beaten, starved and forced to sign over his Social Security checks. The checks were valued at about 600 dollars a month. “He was physically abused. No scars, but the body was being beaten,” […]

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