Deaf Males and Sex Crime

By Joanne Greenberg

Deaf men are overly represented in prison for the commission of sex crimes. They are therefore more often the targets of prison cruelty from guards and other prisoners. I think this is the result of a closed world of Deafness, itself. We know that sex offenders are more usually made than born, having been assaulted themselves, during childhood. Other, bigger kids, in residential schools for the Deaf, rape girls and boys, and they have to encounter their tormentors throughout the school year – and often through life. Bullies can act with impunity. Who would tell on them, when there is no safe haven or refuge?

One sex abuser I know is, himself Deaf, and has been a teacher at a school for the Deaf. He abused many of his students. When finally charged with a rape, he did everything he could to impede the authorities – demanding different interpreters and declaring that without an interpreter suitable to his needs, and a lawyer fluent in Sign – not only Signed English, but also demotic ASL – he was not receiving equal justice.

Many minority individuals distrust the law so much that they will endure almost anything before calling “outside” for help. It’s only when the Deaf offender leaves that world – and commits offenses in the hearing world – that the offense comes to the attention of the law. By then however, the offender has habits that are entrenched and chronic. It’s not only a lack of knowledge of Deaf language and psychology that keeps Deaf prisoners far longer than hearing ones in prison, it is also the chronic nature of their offenses which makes for far longer sentences.

Joanne Greenberg was born in 1932, in Brooklyn, NY. She was educated at American University and received and honorary Doctorate from Gallaudet University – the world’s only college for the Deaf. She has written 2 books on the subject and has spent decades working with state mental hospitals for appropriate care for the mentally ill Deaf.

 

Miranda, Hearing Juveniles and Deaf Juvenile Offenders

In a case involving Juan Garcia who at age 15 was found guilty and is serving 99 years for the murder of Jesus Veliz (age 22) that appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Sunday, September 9, 2012, p. 1, A1, A12-13), reporter Claudia Feldman analyzed Texas’ “broken program” for juvenile offenders. She states that Juan Garcia is one of almost 1,900 other Texas inmates have been locked in state prisons at age 17 or younger.

Feldman interviewed University of Houston law professor Ellen Marrus. Professor Marrus stated that she believes that juveniles should have lawyers with them when the police questions them. Currently, in Texas magistrates meet with juveniles and explain their Miranda Rights before the police questions them. Law Professor Marrus was quoted as saying, “Common sense tells us children don’t understand (their right to remain silent) even if they say they do.” She opposes teens being tried in adult courts and also opposes long prison sentences for teens.

Deaf juveniles charged with crimes too face difficulties with Miranda, being tried in adult courts, and facing long sentences. But deaf youths have even more complex issues because of the communication, language and access barriers they face in the juvenile justice and adult justice system. For example, I tested two juvenile sex offenders in the northeast part of the U.S. in a high security facility. I found both boys to be profoundly deaf since birth, both have cognitive and learning disabilities, read on the average of 2nd grade, and had histories of childhood sexual abuse by teachers and neighbors. At this state penitentiary for youth offenders, the deaf youths were only provided interpreters for five hours a day but not for their in-between class activities, after school or dorm activities.

Most disturbing was that no sign interpreter was available for their weekly Sexual Offending program so they could not participate in-group discussions. Neither boys had the reading skills to read their textbooks (written at the 9th grade reading level) nor did they have the writing skills to do the homework required such as writing their autobiographies to describe the “trigger behaviors” for their sexual offending. Because the rehabilitation portion of their incarceration was not available to them, what a senseless placement this was.

Among more than 1,400 adult females, childhood...

Among more than 1,400 adult females, childhood sexual abuse was associated with increased likelihood of drug dependence, alcohol dependence, and psychiatric disorders. The associations are expressed as odds ratios: for example, women who experienced nongenital sexual abuse in childhood were 2.93 times more likely to suffer drug dependence as adults than were women who were not abused. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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