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Document 031356
Making PREA and victim services accessible for incarcerated people with disabilities: An implementation guide for practitioners on the adult and juvenile standards
By Harrell, Sandra; Hastings, Allison; DiZerega, Margaret. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). National PREA Resource Center (Washington, DC); Vera Institute of Justice (New York ,NY).
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) sets standards to ensure that information about PREA and victim services are accessible to people with disabilities. The purpose of this guide is to provide strategies to correctional agencies that will aid their compliance with these PREA requirements. The strategies discussed in this guide draw on established practices used by victim service organizations—both community-based and those based in government agencies—to make their services more accessible fo... Read More

32 pages
Document 031397
Disabilities Among Prison And Jail Inmates, 2011–12
By Merzofsky, Marcus; Bronson, Jennifer; Maruschak, Laura. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) (Washington, DC).
This report presents statistics regarding "the prevalence of disabilities among prison and jail inmates, detailing the prevalence of six specific disability types: hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care, and independent living. Important differences in each type of disability are highlighted by demographic characteristics. The report also assesses the prevalence of disabilities with other health problems, such as a current chronic condition, obesity, ever having an infectious disease,... Read More

13 pages
Document 031401
ADA @ 25: Impact and Implications for People with Disabilities Involved in the Justice System [Webinar]
By Harkin, Tom, Senator (Retired) (D-IA); Baldwin, Dara; Lewis, Talia; Walker, Kathryn; Harrell, Sandra; Smith, Nancy, moderator. Vera Institute of Justice. Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS) (New York, NY).
If you want an update on how the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacts disabled offenders then this webinar is a must view. "While there is still a significant gap regarding our knowledge about people with disabilities and Deaf people involved in the justice system, we do know there is a great need to increase access to justice for these people. People with disabilities and Deaf people experience violent victimization at rates three times higher than people without disabilities, making th... Read More

88 minutes + 8 pages
Document 031335
Culture, Language, and Access:; Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
By Smith, Nancy; Hope, Charity. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office on Violence Against Women (Washington, DC). Vera Institute of Justice. Center on Victimization and Safety (New York, NY).
"Recent research suggests that Deaf women experience higher rates of sexual and domestic violence than their hearing counterparts, but are often shut off from victim services and supports that are ill-equipped to respond to their unique needs. As a result, they are denied access to services that could help them safely flee from abuse, heal from trauma, and seek justice after they have been harmed. This policy brief offers practical suggestions for expanding and enhancing Deaf survivors’ access t... Read More

36 pages
Document 028231
HEARD - Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf
HEARD (Washington, DC).
HEARD strives to protect the legal rights of people who are deaf. "HEARD has volunteers nationwide who conduct deaf prisoner/defendant research, assist deaf prisoners with access issues, investigate possible wrongful conviction cases, and educate the Deaf community about the law and current legal issues, among other things. HEARD empowers the Deaf and legal communities by providing education about individual rights, and Deaf culture and communication, respectively. HEARD created and maintains t... Read More
Document 029938
#DeafInPrison Campaign Fact Sheet
By Lewis, Talila A.. HEARD: Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf.
This educational fact sheet is a resource from Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD). HEARD aims to raise awareness about the abuse of and discrimination against deaf prisoners in the United States. Answers are provided for: American Sign language (ASL) v. English; the number of deaf inmates; deaf prisoner rights; laws that apply to deaf inmates; what "prison in prison" means; policies regarding deaf prisoners; why deaf prisoners are placed in solitary confinement and what ha... Read More

4 pages
Document 030114
Silence to Signs: Bridging the Communication Gap for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Inmates in Prisons
By Marshall, Kayleigh A.. University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA).
There is a major lack of information about offenders with hearing disorders. Therefore this report is amazingly important. Any agency with deaf offenders needs to read this document. "This article addresses issues regarding deaf prisoners’ right to communication and provides a thorough understanding of Deaf culture and communication, and the importance of sign language to both of these. The project attempts to dig deeper into the research question of how sign language is inseparably linked to ef... Read More

46 pages
Document 020867
A Systemic Approach to the Americans with Disabilities Act in Corrections: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow [Satellite/Internet Broadcast on February 15, 2006]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
This program addresses the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA legislatively impacted the field of corrections when it was signed into law in 1990. Some correctional organizations have made significant progress to address this legislation, others have found themselves in costly litigation, and for others, ADA compliance needs to be addressed. Compliance is everyone's business. Panelists will provide a systemic view of the following: ADA awareness and ADA myths; fifteen-year history of t... Read More
2 DVDs (164 min.)
Document 017673
Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting, January 2002
National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Longmont, CO).
Contents of these proceedings include: meeting highlights; issues important to meeting participants; "Diversity Recruitment: Techniques and Community Networking" by Arthur Wallenstein; "Preventing Staff Sexual Misconduct" by Susan McCampbell; "Consular Notification and Access" by Clyde Howard; "Why Corrections Professionals Should Be Concerned With In-Custody ADA Issues" by Timothy Ryan; "Special Needs of Female Inmates" by Richard Rouse, William Montague, Dennis Scheuller, Joe Schmitz, and Brid... Read More
64 p.
Document 003367
Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting, July 26-28, 1992 [Denver, Colorado]
National Institute of Corrections Jails Division (Longmont, CO).
Regularly convened meetings of administrators of the seventy-five jurisdictions in the U.S. with populations over 1000 inmates provide an exchange of ideas and information. This meeting dealt primarily with the American With Disabilities Act (ADA) and featured presentations on: An overview of the ADA; Legal issues of ADA; Dealing with employee issues and ADA; Update on the National Pretrial Reporting Program; Update on the National Institute of Mental Health Survey; and Information report on the... Read More
36 p.
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