U.S. jury orders D.C. Corrections to pay $70,000 to deaf inmate in ADA claim

May 13, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

The Washington Post
By Spencer S. Hsu
May 11, 2016

A deaf former inmate whose rights were violated by the D.C. Department of Corrections was awarded $70,000 in damages by a federal jury Wednesday under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson castigated D.C. jail officials in a blistering, 60-page opinion in September that found the department liable for failing to assess what accommodations were needed by William Pierce, 47, of the District and mismanaging his care during his incarceration in 2012.

Jackson wrote that despite written policies in place, officials at the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility “effectively sat on their hands.”

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