Resources for Deaf Prisoner Advocacy
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#DeafInPrison Fact Sheet
Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice Campaign
HEARD launched the Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice Campaign in 2012 to lobby the Federal Communications Commission (
During the Campaign,
These comments spoke to the isolating impact of inaccessible technology, sky-high rates, and additional fees being charged to prisoners using relay, that in most cases prevent them from communicating with anyone outside of prison. In addition,
Here is the timeline of highlights from HEARD’s Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice Campaign, with links to our comments and the FCC Inmate Calling Services Reform Workshops.
See below for links to all of HEARD's FCC comments regarding telecommunication access and deaf prisoners.
"Deaf in Prison" Documentary.
HEARD worked with Al Jazeera America producers for more than two years on this groundbreaking documentary. This Al Jazeera America exclusive investigation, which originally aired in December 2013, features interviews from HEARD board members Pat Bliss & Talila “TL” Lewis; deaf prisoners from HEARD’s Deaf & Deaf-Blind Prisoner Database—the only national database of deaf prisoners; Felix Garcia, HEARD’s longest-serving deaf wrongfully convicted prisoner; and family members of deaf prisoners.
Al Jazeera maintains all rights to this film and has not released it to the public despite HEARD’s requests to do so. However, we encourage individuals, organizations, universities, etc., to host viewings and can provide a link to the documentary for educational purposes upon request.
Please email fill out this form to request access to the documentary link.
Do you know a deaf prisoner? Please connect them with us!
HEARD created and maintains the only national database of Deaf and DeafBlind prisoners (an interactive pictorial representation of this database is below). We need your help to find deaf prisoners across the nation! Please print this survey out and send it to your deaf incarcerated friends or loved ones if they are not already in HEARD’s database.
Note: This map is continually updated and may not reflect the current database numbers.