[lg policy] Louisiana: Incarcerated offenders complete sign language program

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 15 14:25:47 UTC 2013


   - Incarcerated offenders complete sign language program
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   - Posted Aug. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 am

   BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
   (DPS&C) held a graduation ceremony Thursday, July 25, 2013 for 10 male and
   female offenders who have recently completed a three-year sign language
   interpretation program.

   The graduation was held at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St.
   Gabriel. Offenders from Rayburn Correctional Center, Louisiana State
   Penitentiary and the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women were

   There are more than 2,000 hearing impaired offenders in DOC custody,
   with approximately three dozen who are profoundly deaf. These offenders
   require interpretation services not only for daily living but also to
   participate in educational and reentry programming.

   DPS&C Secretary James M. Le Blanc says Louisiana's unique program allows
   for volunteer offenders to earn national certification in sign language
   interpretation while serving a valuable need for fellow inmates.

   This is the second class of students to complete the three-year program.
   Six students from the 2012 and 2013 graduating classes have earned national
   certification, which makes it possible for them to interpret in various
   public settings. These are the first offenders in the country to earn
   national certification in sign language interpretation.

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