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Think Progress quotes HEARD in its article on police brutality against the deaf and terrible conditions of confinement for deaf incarcerated people:

“HEARD’s fact sheet indicates that many deaf prisoners are placed in solitary confinement as a substitute for the provision of finding accommodations for them. But sometimes even sign language is banned because corrections professionals “incorrectly view sign language as a formof gang signs.” The group indicates that only seven prisons across the nation have videophones, leaving deaf prisoners in thousands of other prisons without a reliable way to communicate or with TTY devices that prove inadequate or ineffective for deaf prisoners who need to convey complex information with complicated or specialized vocabulary.”