ACLU of Georgia

Press Advisory: Federal Court Hearing on Class Action Certification for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People Imprisoned from Georgia Department of Corrections

ACLU of Georgia Legal Director available for post-hearing interviews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2021

Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato media@acluga.org 

What
Federal court hearing on a class action certification on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing people imprisoned in from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Harris, et al v Georgia Department of Corrections, et al asserts that Georgia DOC prisons fail deaf prisoners – leading deaf people to go to prison more often, stay longer, and return more quickly.

When
10:00AM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Where
William A Bootle Federal Building & US Courthouse – Courtroom C
475 Mulberry Street
Macon, Georgia 31201

Who
Sean J. Young, legal director, ACLU of Georgia, is available for interviews after the hearing. Please call 404-302-0128.

Background
The American Civil Liberties Union, et al, filed a motion in federal court to pursue a class action lawsuit on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing people imprisoned in the Georgia Department of Corrections. The complaint highlights how prisons fail deaf prisoners – leading deaf people to go to prison more often, stay longer, and return more quickly.

Legal Counsel
ACLU Disability Rights Program
ACLU of Georgia
National Association for the Deaf
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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