Oregon deaf advocates call for use of certified prison interpreters

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  1. Gail Robinson says:

    I am glad you brought this issue to light about interpreters. Several years ago, my son’s friend who is deaf was caught smoking marijuana in a parking garage. He had just turned 18 but still in high school. The police arrested him and held him in jail. There was no interpreter and his parents lived out of town. The school for the deaf did nothing for him. I immediately called his parents and then visited the friend in jail and helped get him a lawyer. All the time, there was no interpreter. I did some of the interpreting. He was released to me after spending a traumatic night in jail. The next day, his mother picked him up. The whole event could have been less traumatic and frustrating and assured the rights of this 18 year old, if the jail called in an interpreter.

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