Understanding Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, and American Sign Language in a Criminal Justice and Legal Context
Intersections of the Legal System and the Deaf Community
[Chapter Abstract] Because culture and language often play such a crucial role in both the individual’s understanding of the world around them and their interactions with that world, it is important to recognize how various systems interact with individuals from a particular background or community. For some, these systems include interactions with law enforcement, legal settings, and correctional institutions and are crucial as they will often have life-changing outcomes for the individual. Failure to successfully understand and navigate these systems will likely impact such things as the individual due process, justice, and freedom. Law enforcement, the legal system, and correctional institutions have traditionally been established with little or no thought toward, or understanding of, the cultural and linguistic issues that will affect the deaf suspect, defendant, or inmate trying to comprehend and function within these environments.
Deaf, Law, Criminal justice, Forensic, Law enforcement, Legal system, Correctional system
Feldman, D. M.,
Silvasi, P. M.,
(2023). Understanding Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, and American Sign Language in a Criminal Justice and Legal Context. Intersections of the Legal System and the Deaf Community.
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