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Case Name U.S. v. South Carolina Department of Corrections PC-SC-0008
Docket / Court Never filed ( No Court )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In March 2018, the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and the United States reached a settlement agreement following an investigation of SCDC’s accommodations to inmates with hearing disabilities. The settlement resolved complaints from inmates that they were being denied full and ... read more >
In March 2018, the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and the United States reached a settlement agreement following an investigation of SCDC’s accommodations to inmates with hearing disabilities. The settlement resolved complaints from inmates that they were being denied full and equal access to programs, services, and activities on the basis of their disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Specifically, the inmates alleged that SCDC failed to provide sign language interpreters and other auxiliary aids and services including assistive listening devices, telephones compatible with hearing aids, and closed captioning among others.

The agreement requires SCDC to provide resources including auxiliary aids and services and qualified interpreters to ensure that inmates with hearing disabilities will not be excluded from participating in SCDC programs. Additionally, the agreement stated that SCDC will provide training on effective communication with inmates who have a hearing disability. SCDC agreed to provide a written status report to the United States every six months for two years starting from March 2018.

The Clearinghouse does not have access to the initial investigation and the ongoing status reports and do not have further information regarding SCDC’s compliance with the settlement agreement terms. The settlement agreement is posted the Clearinghouse and available here. The DOJ’s press release on the investigation and settlement agreement can be accessed here.

Richa Bijlani - 03/02/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)
Monitoring
Training
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
Hearing impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Conditions of confinement
Effective Communication (ADA)
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. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) South Carolina Department of Corrections
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
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2018 - 2020
Filed 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement Between the United States of America and South Carolina Department of Corrections Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
PC-SC-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/29/2018
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Gore, John M. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Lorenzo-Giguere, Susanna (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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