In this federal class action, the ACLU is 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 people who are deaf or hard of hearing who are on probation or parole.

The State’s refusal to provide communication access — as federal law specifically requires — leaves people who are deaf or hard of hearing unable to understand the complex rules and requirements of their probation or parole, putting them at constant risk of incarceration.

See Harris v Georgia Department of Corrections and Coen v GDOC.


American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia, Inc. American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Disability Rights Program; Weil, Gotschal & Manges LLP, National Association of the Deaf

Date filed

July 9, 2019