"It is the first reported decision that I know of that holds that Deaf prisoners and detainees have a First Amendment right to access a videophone to communicate with the outside world."

On February 23, the Fourth Circuit issued a wonderful decision in Thomas Heyer v. U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the Committee case about a Deaf civil detainee in the US Bureau of Prisons.

The opinion reverses the District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants.

"Importantly, it is the first reported decision that I know of that holds that Deaf prisoners and detainees have a First Amendment right to access a videophone to communicate with the outside world," says Deborah Golden, Project Director of the DC Prisoners' Project.

Read the opinion here...

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