Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hearing-Impaired Inmates Suing Corrections

Hearing-Impaired Inmates Suing Corrections

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Deaf inmates in Virginia are taking the corrections department to court.

The hearing-impaired inmates at Powhatan Correctional center allege that state officials are limiting access to sign language interpreters - which is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The suit also claims the inmates aren't given visual notification of events and safety announcements.

The spokesman for the Department of Corrections declined to comment. Calls to the state attorney general and Powhatan Correctional Center were not immediately returned.