Thursday, April 2, 2015

Suit: Deaf prisoners treated unfairly in Michigan

Some deaf prisoners are suing the state of Michigan. The lawsuit accuses officials of violating their rights by only giving them old equipment, not letting them have access to educational materials, medical care or proper devises needed for communicating with loved ones. A lawyer for the inmates says, "The Michigan Department of Corrections has failed or refused to provide necessary accommodations and assistance in a consistent and comprehensive manner. As a result, it has violated the prisoners' rights by infringing on their ability to communicate with loved ones, participate in medical and mental health care as well as religious and various other programs." The class action lawsuit was filed by the Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service and you can read more details here.