SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Missouri Department of Corrections and a number of officials within the department. The lawsuit, which was filed by Deonte Dudley, a deaf inmate incarcerated at the South Central Correctional Center, alleges that the Missouri Department of Corrections and its officers have discriminated against deaf and hard of hearing inmates by failing to provide adequate access to telecommunications, failing to provide interpreters, failing to provide reasonable access to emergency alerts and other announcements, and failing to provide access to rehabilitative services offered by the Department of Corrections.
Mr. Dudley, on behalf of all deaf individuals who are or will be in the Department of Corrections' custody, is seeking an injunction prohibiting the Department and its employees from discriminating against deaf and other hard of hearing inmates and ordering the defendants to provide deaf inmates with reasonable access to video phones, interpreters, and other communication services. Mr. Dudley is represented by Craig R. Heidemann and Nathan A. Duncan of the law firm of Douglas, Haun & Heidemann in Bolivar, Missouri. The case is currently pending in the United States District Court, Western District of Missouri (case number 2:12-cv-04172-NKL).
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