Inmate Speaks Out on Prison-Dog Program

By BitcoDavid An attorney who has written for us in the past, informed me that he recently acquired a canine graduate of the prison-dog program in his home state. He tells me that he couldn’t be happier with the dog, who’s well  behaved and well mannered. Further, he relayed to me that not only was […]

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ICED and Interpreters

By Jean F. Andrews Surrounded by the Acropolis and other stunning Greek monuments, the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf held their 22nd annual conference, titled Educating Diverse Learners; Many Ways, One Goal, on July 6 to July 9, 2015. It was the stage for more than 700 researchers. It was a revitalizing […]

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This Post Could Save Your Life

By BitcoDavid I was reading an article the other day, about a woman who had a seizure while her helper-dog was distracted by a stranger petting him. It occurred to me, reading this, that there were lessons we learned, growing up, that don’t appear to be taught anymore. Everybody my age or older knows not […]

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Jack’s annual Independence Day Plea

By Supporter Contributor Jack A common drug user. That’s right. That’s what I’ve become, and it’s all your fault. See, I get afraid of some things. Especially fireworks. I hear them, but I don’t know what they are. I get all kinds of scared. I shake – I shiver – I try and hide under […]

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Amy Elkins Parting Words Exhibit

By Jean F. Andrews A Photography Exhibition by Amy Elkins at the Houston Center for Photography, May 8th to July 5, 2015 Amy Elkins, photographer examines capital punishment and solitary confinement through her powerful, haunting and evocative exhibition. For many years, Ms. Elkins had a personal relationship with many inmates on death row through letter […]

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More on Si5S

By BitcoDavid A few months ago, we did a piece on Si5S, a written form of ASL. Si5S deserves your attention because it nullifies the argument that ASL isn’t a language due to the fact that it has no written form. But its relevance goes beyond that. For one thing, it can help non-Signers learn […]

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Fox 13 Tampa Bay: Updated Felix Video

By BitcoDavid The following links are to the newest extended special broadcast on Felix’s case, by Florida Fox News outlet WTVT Fox News Channel 13, Tampa Bay. Here’s the link to the video from their page. http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/29151635/special-report-florida-justice-uncovered Here’s the video with a transcript by TVEYES media monitor. http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=88450b25-5e00-44c7-87f5-377db74dfa62 And here’s the Vimeo version. https://vimeo.com/128326681 BitcoDavid […]

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A Word on Police Militarization

By BitcoDavid On May 18th, President Obama signed an Executive Order, effectively banning the transfer of military equipment by the Federal government, to community police departments. This is a step in the right direction, and will help to end what has become nothing short of a war between the police, and the communities they are […]

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Felix Case – Some Important Links

By BitcoDavid Here’s the link to Fox 13 Tampa Bay’s video. It’s a surprisingly accurate and well made piece, and tells Felix’s whole story. Well worth watching. http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/29033415/after-30-years-advocates-seek-new-trial-for-deaf-man#.VVIQvxy0EhQ.facebook You can see their FaceBook page here. Check out the comments on Felix’s video. https://www.facebook.com/FOX13TampaBay/videos/vb.159207208524/10152912739548525/ And lastly, here’s a link to Felix’s original testimony, in PDF format. […]

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Change! Fox News Program about Felix

By Pat Bliss To All Felix’s Supporters: I had previously stated that FOX News is doing a short segment on Felix’s case at 10 pm May 14th. It has been upped to May 11th at 10pm. This will be aired again and be tied in with a special on the criminal justice system coming up […]

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Castaways: A Documentary

By BitcoDavid I got this video from Littlethings.com via Facebook. I had to go through some machinations in order to convert it to a format you could see embedded on DeafInPrison.com.  I’ve linked to the original. We’re not about stealing anything here, and generally we only publish our own original content, but this is a […]

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A Victimless Crime?

By Supporter Contributor Matthew Gilbert A few days ago, I saw a post by someone who was grieving for a loved one lost to drug overdose. They made the point that there are victims to drug use. I was not about to argue with a grieving person and I am not now going to. How […]

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Appropriate Treatment For Deaf Sex Offenders

By Jean F. Andrews Sexual predation is considered to be a heinous crime rather than a disease. In a paper written by Dr. McCay Vernon – the late psychologist who specialized in mental health issues and deaf persons –  pedophilia is a “a curse,” because crimes by sexual molesters arouse so much public anger, and […]

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Outcasts and Angels: Stories featuring the Deaf

By BitcoDavid As many of you know, for about the past 3 weeks, I’ve been working to translate and caption the video “What is ASL?” by Deaf activist and Signing whiz, Lilcoco Love. But she’s a native Signer, and I’m… well… I’m me. It’s an awesome video, and she’s got a lot to say. About […]

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Latest from Pat Bliss

By BitcoDavid Pat Bliss sent me the following via e-mail: Felix arrived at the Wakulla prison yesterday to begin his new venture in Special Programming known as a transitional program or Lifer’s Program. He was sent there by the parole commission at his parole hearing in November 2014. It is an 18 month program. Last […]

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Pam Bondi, What Say You?

By BitcoDavid People often ask me why I write so much about the Florida DOC. Perhaps the best answer would be that it’s the single worst corrections system in the United States – and nowadays, that’s the same as saying in Uganda. Growing up, I was taught that here, in the U.S., we don’t torture, […]

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SI5S Provides the Ability to Write in ASL

By BitcoDavid   It’s written in an ASL finger spelling font, that is available for free download, from Gallaudet via LifePrint. This is useable as a novelty font, allowing the user to write English in the ASL finger spelling alphabet. But what if Sign actually had its own alphabet – or Digibet, if you will? For […]

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Short Survey Helps HEARD and Deaf Inmates

By BitcoDavid The Internet has been a huge boon to the Deaf Community, and it can be leveraged into a great asset for Deaf inmates as well. One major problem facing the Deaf in prison, is access to telecommunications. There are numerous factors that go into this problem. Numbering among them are, time required to […]

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Skype and the Deaf

By BitcoDavid Video Relay is a godsend for the Deaf community. It allows those who cannot speak or hear, to engage in phone conversations with those who can. And it does so with far greater ease and speed, than its predecessor, TTY. But Video Relay has its drawbacks as well. It’s slower than full duplex […]

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2014 in Review

By BitcoDavid I hope you all had a great New Years holiday. Since my days of wearing lampshades have gone the way of the pterodactyl, my last vice consists entirely of food. Like all Jews, to me the last day of the year means one thing and one thing  only – Chinese! I’ll be running […]

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