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By Rhonda Cook | Atlanta Journal-Constitution | June 20, 2018
Prison was a silent, isolating place for Jerry Coen despite being locked up in a facility that housed 1,150 other inmates.
|06/18/2018 — Atlanta, GA - Jerry T. Coen speaks about his time in prison at the American Civil Liberties Union Atlanta office, Monday, June 18, 2018. Coen was born deaf. He recently spent 10 years at a Georgia penitentiary. The national and state chapters of the ALCU will sue the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of Coen. Coen says he was unable to communicate while in prison because the staff rejected his plea for a translator. Coen says he missed out on learning while in prison because of his lack of assistance with communication. ALYSSA POINTER/[email protected]|