Joanne Greenberg is our founder and Publisher. Joanne Greenberg was born in 1932, in Brooklyn, NY. She was educated at American University and received and honorary Doctorate from Gallaudet University –- the world’s only college for the Deaf. She has written 2 books on the subject and has spent decades working with state mental hospitals for appropriate care for the mentally ill Deaf.
McCay Vernon is the inspiration behind DeafInPrison.com. Upon learning of Felix Garcia’s plight in Florida, Vernon contacted Joanne Greenberg about writing a book regarding the struggles of Deaf inmates. Ms. Greenberg liked the idea, but thought a Blog site may be a more effective method of reaching an audience.
McCay Vernon has worked for over fifty-five years to improve the lives of both deaf and deaf-blind individuals through his research on major medical and psychological aspects of these conditions. This research has been coupled with strong advocacy for the use of sign language, mental health services, full legal rights, improved education and better vocational services and opportunities. To this end, he has written over 200 journal articles and book chapters, 11 books and scripts for twenty documentary films on deafness and deaf-blindness. Included among them, a major contribution to “They Grow in Silence,” winner of the 1970 Public Broadcasting Award for Public Service Programs.
Pat Bliss is a retired paralegal in criminal law. She continues to do legal work for indigent prisoner cases showing innocence. She is a Certified Community Chaplain, Certified as a volunteer for CISM (Crises Intervention Stress Management) and involved in community events. Among her many other cases, Ms. Bliss has devoted years to Felix Garcia — he calls her Mom. No other writer on the Internet has more knowledge or better insight to this critical case.
Jean F. Andrews is a Reading Specialist and Professor of Deaf Studies/Deaf Education at Lamar University. She currently teaches several advanced college level courses to Deaf students, and is an accomplished Signer. She has a thorough understanding of the legal troubles faced by individuals who cannot communicate with law enforcement in the traditional manner. Ms. Andrews has been working on getting the Miranda warning changed, as it is written in language unsuitable for most Deaf readers.
Glenn Langohr served over 10 years in California’s most notorious prisons. He is now an author of numerous books on prison life and the drug war. His thorough understanding of the hardships faced by all inmates, his insight into drug and prison politics, and his blunt and brutal writing style make him a great asset to DeafInPrison.com. His work can be found here.
“I went from obsessively pacing my cell to realizing that if I find a way to write what’s in my head, I can find a way out of this hole.” — Glenn Langohr
Marsha Graham is a frequent guest contributor and commenter. Marsha Graham is the driving force behind several blogs, among them AnotherBoomerBlog. She is a good friend to DeafInPrison.com and we would be lost without her support. When she’s not blogging, she’s a committed activist and attorney.
“I breathe, drive, take photographs, and write – not necessarily in that order.” — Marsha Graham
Pinky Stanseski is our youngest contributor, but she’s already completed her first book. The History of the Juvenile System and Civil Corruption in Pennsylvania volume 1. She currently attends Bucks county community college, in Newtown, PA. Her Web site is undergradwoman.
BitcoDavid is our Site administrator, Editor and primary content creator. BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness. The little guy in his Gravatar image is Jack. Jack is Lab-Chow and was rescued from a dog fighting ring in Georgia.
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