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09
Aug
2013
Radio Show Interview Interview with HEARD Founder

On the eve of the FCC's historic vote to reign in sky-high prisoner telephone rates for prisoners across the nation, HEARD would like to share this interview.  See you tomorrow at the FCC!!!

HEARD's interns have completed the transciption of Talila "TL" Lewis' July 16, 2013 interview with Roach Brown on Crossroads Radio Show!

"It is a prison within a prison. Deaf prisoners don’t have access to educational programing or any sort of anger management, mental health, medical health services--NOTHING.  That is the standard across the United States.  So in terms of having access to advocates, and attorneys and family members: its paramount for this population. It’s not just an 'Oh, I kinda want to pick up the phone.'  This is: 'I NEED this to survive.'"

-Talila "TL" Lewis on the importance to accessible & affordable telecommunications for deaf prisoners.

The Transcript PDF can be found here.

The archived show can be found here.  Search for the 11:00am, show on July 16, 2013.

 
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06
Aug
2013
FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee Passes Resolution Addressing Deaf Prisoners

Huge Success for HEARD's Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice Campaign!!!

On August 2, 2013 the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee passed a resolution recommending that the FCC ensure reasonable rates for all prisoners; and accessible, proportionally discounted, longer TTY calls for prisoners who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind!

View the PDF version of the Consumer Advisory Committee's Resolution HERE.

 
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02
Aug
2013
Florida DOC Proposes Rule to Prevent Prisoners from Educating the Public about Conditions

The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) has decided NOT to address abuse of deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, elderly and disabled prisoners.  Instead, the DOC has proposed a regulation that will prevent prisoners from using the internet to educate the public about what horrors are occuring behind its iron gates (prohibiting even the use of the internet on behalf of prisoners through advocates or organizations like HEARD).

As such, HEARD is re-sharing this report from May about the DOC's continued human and civil rights abuses and reminding everyone that these same abuses continue and have only worsened since this report. 

HEARD's message to the Florida Department of Corrections: We will stop writing about the DOC when it stops abusing and allowing others to abuse people under your care.  Do the right thing!

 
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