How it feels to be a deaf person in prison

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | When individuals are incarcerated, often they are not able to access resources like adequate medical care and other support they need. In this article, a returning citizen who is deaf discusses how he was treated, including being denied American Sign Language interpreters. (The Marshall Project, 10/18)

While I was in prison they had no American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. None of the staff knew sign language, not the doctors or the nurses, the mental health department, the administration, the chaplain, the mail room. Nobody. In the barbershop, in the chow hall, I couldn’t communicate with the other inmates. When I was assaulted, I couldn’t use the phone to call the Prison Rape Elimination Act (a federal law meant to prevent sexual assault in prison) hotline to report what happened. And when they finally sent an interviewer, there was no interpreter. Pretty much everywhere I went, there was no access to ASL. Really, it was deprivation.

HEALTH | A new report, Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Washington Region, produced by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Health Officials Committee, explores the differences in health opportunities in the Greater Washington region. (MWCOG, 10/26)

CENSUS 2020 | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will launch “Count the Region,” an initiative that is dedicated to ensuring that everyone living in Northern Virginia is counted in the 2020 Census. (CFNV, 10/23)

TRANSITMetro Board Decides Not To End Rider Advisory Council (WAMU, 10/25)

IMMIGRATION | According to a recent analysis, the most significant “deportation force” in the US is local police, as they routinely inform ICE about suspects they believe are undocumented. (Citylab, 10/25)

NONPROFITS | OPINION: A Neglected Issue on the Campaign Path: Nonprofits Face Unfair Tax Increase (Chronicle, 10/25 – Subscription needed)

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