Phone Justice for Deaf Prisoners: TTY or VP?

“While they DO have a TTY machine here, but it doesn’t work properly — AND the only time we are able to use that machine is when someone is available to “monitor” it. What that means is my “counselor” has to take time of her work to sit beside me and read our conversation” (email to HEARD, January 10, 2013). And still another prisoner complained there was no power outlet near the phone for the TTY to continue working.”

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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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Something Different for New Years

By BitcoDavid This isn’t about the Deaf. It isn’t about rampant police overreach or even about the failed war on drugs. For our last post of 2014, I decided on something a little different. If God rested on Sunday, he woke up Monday morning, clear headed and with fresh eyes. His last – his bestest […]

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Felix’s Response to the Parole Hearing

By Pat Bliss I arrived at Marion Correctional Institution, thinking I was early, but still having to wait one and one-half hours, to get in. Fortunately it was not raining. I was checked through security, and waiting for Felix to come into the visiting room. Actually, I was very excited with the news of the […]

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Pat Bliss Talks About Felix’s Parole Hearing

By Pat Bliss Preparation for Felix’s Parole Hearing Attorney Reggie Garcia and I received notice about Felix’s November 19th parole hearing on November 3rd. We were surprised, as we expected it to be a month or two away. After much preparation and arrangements, I set out for Florida on the 15th, and arrived in Tallahassee, […]

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Press Release Video From Sachs Media

By BitcoDavid This video was created by Dave Heller, and sent to me by Porsche Haynes of Sachs Media Group, via Pat Bliss. It can also be seen on Vimeo. Pat has shared with me, some of the monumental effort she put into this hearing – the travel, the personal financial expense, the sleeplessness and […]

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Update on Felix’s Parole Hearing

By BitcoDavid I am deeply saddened to report that Felix Garcia was denied parole. Attorney Reggie Garcia has provided the following for media dissemination: 1. the parole commissioners will review the case again in three years (it could have been 5 – 7) 2. They referred Felix to Sumter C.I. in Bushnell, Florida. for special […]

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Felix Garcia Gets First Parole Hearing

By BitcoDavid At 9:30AM, Eastern Standard Time, Felix Garcia – the innocent Deaf man who is currently serving his 31st year of a life sentence – will plead his case in front of a parole board. Although we all hope desperately, that Felix finally gets a scintilla of the justice he so rightly deserves, parole […]

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Some Thoughts on Sign Videos

By BitcoDavid Stephen Torrence made Sign Language versions of popular rock videos, and he’s not alone. He’s not the first, and he won’t be the last, but he’s the first to shut down his channel, and halt all future production. He has also taken down his revenue channel. Torrence is Hearing, but has an interest […]

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An Evening with C.J. Jones

By Jean F. Andrews C. J. Jones from Los Angeles, California, performed for 150 Lamar University students, faculty and community members last week in Beaumont, Texas. C.J. used visual storytelling, American Sign Language, mime, and audience participation to “bring down the house” with humor, laughter and heart-warming stories about his youth and early adulthood.  C.J. […]

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Cop Block Video on Kelly Thomas Case

By BitcoDavid This is the most in depth telling of this tragic story, I have ever seen. As always, I put forth the invitation to anyone in Law Enforcement, who can present a cogent rebuttal to this film. Don’t forget to send a birthday card to Felix. Suppose you had served 33 years of a […]

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Happy Birthday, Felix Garcia

By BitcoDavid Pat Bliss has informed me that Felix has a birthday coming up, on October 1st, 1 week from tomorrow. In her e-mail, she also stated that the chances for another clemency hearing are not looking good, and the legal team has pinned its hopes on a parole hearing in January. I would like […]

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International Week of the Deaf

By BitcoDavid The last full week in September marks the International Week of the Deaf, commemorating – along with other things – the first Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, in 1951. The goal of the week long commemoration,  is to bring awareness to the growth and success of the Deaf community, and […]

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This is Still Going On?

By BitcoDavid Since we launched this Web site, almost 3 years ago, we’ve been reporting on cases where the police have beaten or jailed a Deaf person, because they didn’t realize that Sign language is not a threat. We’ve called for training of officers, and tried to post suggestions for Deaf citizens during police interactions. […]

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The Pay Off

By BitcoDavid All the Online study, all the DVDs and all the meetups have culminated in this. DeafInPrison.com’s first ever ASL video jokes. Please enjoy these immensely funny jokes, presented in full video splendor. BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher […]

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When Officer Friendly Becomes Delta Force

By BitcoDavid I find myself bombarded by images and news stories of police committing what can only be called atrocities on American citizens. I’ve struggled with this for the past few weeks, because we’ve talked before – on this site – about the dangers of militarization of the police. Recently, our publisher asked me to […]

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Top Criminal Justice Degrees Shares Infographic

By BitcoDavid Source: TopCriminalJusticeDegrees.org 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 […]

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Driving While Deaf – From the ACLU

By BitcoDavid This was taken from the ACLU Web site. Being stopped by the police can be difficult for everyone. For those of us who are deaf, the experience can be far worse. For Pearl Pearson, a 64-year-old deaf man, a routine traffic stop led to a brutal assault by police. When an officer shouted […]

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