Thursday, February 18, 2016

Former inmate gets award reversed

Robert Ovens was awarded damages for not being given a qualified interpreter and other issues related to accommodations while he was in a Deleware prison by the State Human Relations Commission. But a judge has reversed that decision, saying "prisons are not places of public accommodation." You can read the entire ruling here. The decision runs counter to the Supreme Court decision in Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskley. The high court found correctional facilities are obligated to follow ADA law.