The Deaf Community and Law Enforcement
Intersections of the Legal System and the Deaf Community
[Chapter Abstract] Like any other population, the Deaf community as part of society will have individuals they come into contact with law enforcement officers and the criminal justice system. Because of differences in hearing ability and communication, law enforcement officers and both Deaf suspects and victims will often face challenges while navigating these interactions. The officer will not be likely to realize that a suspect or victim is Deaf until they are attempting to communicate. This can have dire consequences for the Deaf suspect who may find themselves at a disadvantage when interacting with law enforcement and may escalate routine situations. The Miranda warnings, interrogations, and criminal charges may also be affected by a lack of awareness and communication with Deaf suspects.
Law enforcement, Communication, Deaf suspects, Deaf victims, Law enforcement and culture
Feldman, D. M.,
Silvasi, P. M.,
(2023). The Deaf Community and Law Enforcement. Intersections of the Legal System and the Deaf Community.
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