What’s Happening Right Now?
The Department of Justice (USDOJ) sued the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LDPSC) on behalf of a deaf imprisoned person for failing to provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The LDPSC established a training program to train hearing imprisoned people to interpret for Deaf* people imprisoned in the state. The DOJ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) commended LDSPC for “initiating an innovative program that trained selected inmates to become nationally certified interpreters,” remarking the success of the program was due to partnership between the state of Louisiana, LDPSC, and the program administrator.
*The term “Deaf” will be used throughout this document as a term to collectively include Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing persons (DDBDDHH).