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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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WGRZ-TV CH2 • Buffalo, NY
February 18, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. — A deaf former inmate of the Delaware Department of Correction was denied compensation for his claims the needs of his disability weren't met in prison.

Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves on Monday reversed a decision from the Delaware State Human Relations Commission that awarded Robert Ovens damages over claims his jailers didn't meet his needs under the state's equal accommodation law. Graves ruled — in agreement with a previous case — prisons are not places of public accommodation under that law.

That doesn't sit right with Debra Patkin, an attorney with the National Association for the Deaf who reviewed this week's ruling.

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