Most disabled children are easily subjected to ungovernability and truancy charges. According to Miller (2008, P. 113, C.2, Para. 1), there were97 deaf inmates at the Texas State Prison with 61% of them being convicted of violent offenses, 19% illegal drug violations, and 11% were convicted of other petty crimes like indecent exposure.
Various schools are obligated to single out students with special needs like deafness and give them specialized treatment (Tulman, & Weck, 2010, P. 878, Para. 2). Failure to efficiently adopt this, deaf students will be more vulnerable to committing various crimes. Additionally, deaf students are likely to commit status offences which are, by classification, a particular category of non-criminal misbehaviors, (Tulman, & Weck, 2010, P. 879, Para. 2). Despite the fact that the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act (JJDPA) has advocated for the deinstitutionalization of status offences, several deaf offenders have ended up in correctional facilities.
Due to their perceived naivety and disabilities, deaf inmates are highly vulnerable to sexual assaults and other discriminations in prisons, Vernon (2010, P.311, C.2, Para. 2). Additionally, some are subjected to forced treatments against their will in the correctional facilities. Subsequently, most prisons even do not know their deaf inmates are making it hard for them to get access to parole services. Moreover, it is uncommon for the jury to incarcerate deaf defendants experiencing linguistic incompetence, Miller (2008, P. 117, C.2, Para. 2).
For instance, the case of Mr. J, who was deafened by meningitis, aged 3. Mr. J was treated harshly by a policewoman after he accidentally scratched a Corvette at a dinner. After being assaulted by more policemen, he was jailed without treatment. Additionally, he was tried without an interpreter. About 40% of deaf defenders experience communication ...Show more