The ACLU has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking an injunction directing the Georgia Department of Community Supervision to immediately provide qualified American Sign Language interpreters, auxiliary aids and services, and reasonable modifications to deaf and hard of hearing individuals on probation or parole.

The Georgia Department of Community Supervision has repeatedly and consistently violated the rights of deaf people on probation and parole, simply because they are deaf. The department’s refusal to provide communication access — as federal law specifically requires — leaves deaf people unable to understand the complex rules and requirements of their probation or parole, putting them at constant risk of incarceration. 


Kosha S. Tucker, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Georgia; Zoe Brennan-Krohn, Staff Attorney, ACLU Disability Rights Program; Brittany Shrader, Staff Attorney, National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center; Stephanna F. Szotkowski, Associate at Arnold &

Date filed

July 19, 2019


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division


Honorable William M. Ray, II



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