Anthropology Magazine

Deaf and Incarcerated in the U.S.

Disability

  • Viewpoint

    A person crying behind bars and both of their hands reach through the bars. One hand is cupped and the other rests inside of it in a fist to say “help” in American Sign Language.

    Deaf and Incarcerated in the U.S.

    An anthropologist investigates how U.S. prison policies systematically deny deaf incarcerated people adequate access to hearing aids—severely hindering their sensory engagement and quality of life.