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Case Name Lackawanna County ADA Investigation JC-PA-0004
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
A deaf inmate filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice against the Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, Sheriff's Department under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), alleging that the Sheriff's Department failed to provide him with a telecommunications device ... read more >
A deaf inmate filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice against the Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, Sheriff's Department under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), alleging that the Sheriff's Department failed to provide him with a telecommunications device for the deaf ("TTD") upon his request while he was incarcerated in the Lackawanna County Jail. Following a Department of Justice investigation, the United States and the Lackawanna County Sheriff's Department entered into a settlement agreement on January 25, 1996, in which the Sheriff's Department agreed to purchase at least two TTD's for the Jail within one month and to adopt and follow certain procedures to ensure that telephone communications for the hearing impaired are as readily available as telephone communications for others. These procedures include placing appropriate signage near telephones to indicate the availability of TTD's; providing opportunities for prisoners to request any necessary auxiliary services or aids, and giving primary consideration to such requests; and adopting policies and procedures in respect to securing interpreters for the hearing impaired whenever necessary. We have no information other than the settlement agreement between the parties.

Megan Raynor - 03/06/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
Hearing impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Phone
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Lackawanna County
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 1996 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement Between U.S. and the Lackawanna County Sheriff's Department, Lackawanna County, Penn. 01/25/1996
JC-PA-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Perley, Sharon N. (District of Columbia)
JC-PA-0004-0001
Wolfson, Robb (District of Columbia)
JC-PA-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers O'Brien, Joseph (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0004-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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