In order to provide our audience with a comprehensive set of evidence-based resources, the RES team has compiled a list of important articles within the field of Deaf and Hard of Hearing research. Each month, we will provide a summary of key findings from our featured article.
Miller, K. R., & Vernon, M. (2005). Obstacles faced by deaf people in the criminal justice system. American Annals of the Deaf, 150(3), 283-291. doi:10.1353/aad.2005.0036
This article by Miller and Vernon (2005) discusses the challenges deaf individuals’ face when interacting with the criminal justice system. The authors emphasize the great risks for injustice across all stages of the legal process. Miller and Vernon are most concerned about deaf individuals who are poorly educated, have low reading skills, limited communication skills, and lack awareness of their legal rights. Deaf individuals with these characteristics are particularly at risk of being severely mistreated in the criminal justice system. Miller and Vernon (2005) reviewed the literature on specific challenges such as a lack of qualified interpreters and the disproportionality of deaf individuals being placed behind bars. Suggestions for improving the conditions for deaf individuals within the criminal justice system are provided, including methods for increasing ADA compliance and professional awareness of communication barriers.
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