Profoundly deaf prisoners are missing out on important services that could help their rehabilitation because the Prison Service cannot provide for their needs, a study has found.
Research has revealed that, although there are some cases where deaf prisoners are given suitable support, these are often isolated examples. Provision must be more widespread in order for the Prison Service to meet its legal duties.
The findings are outlined in a report, Not hearing us: An exploration of the experience of deaf prisoners in English and Welsh prisons. It was written by Daniel McCullough, a Birmingham City University post graduate criminology student as part of a programme supported by the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Some deaf prisoners interviewed as part of the research claimed to have had trouble accessing employment, education courses and behaviour classes in prison because of issues relating to their disability.
Others said they were concerned…
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