After years of advocacy, Deaf inmates at Graterford finally received a Video Phone and all religious services will have sign language interpreters. There is much work to be done.
DeafCAN! has been coordinating weekly literacy and decision making classes at maximum security Phoenix CSI (Graterford State Prison) for the last nine years, the same staff through another agency for 13 years prior to that. Phoenix has been identified as the State prison in the Eastern part of PA to house Deaf inmates. We look to find D/HOH inmates wherever they are and advocate for them to have the same rights and access to programs and services as other inmates, a situation many (most) prisons still today, do not have.