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Crime and Delinquency

  • By: Gabriel I. Lomas
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Deaf people are reportedly overrepresented in the U.S. prison system, at numbers two to five times higher than expected based on their proportion of the general population. Sue O’Rourke, Neil Glickman, and Sally Austen found that this same phenomena is also apparent in the United Kingdom. Yet little research has examined crime and delinquency among deaf people. This entry will explore issues in crime and delinquency among deaf people, as well as obstacles related to the U.S. justice system.

Crime and Deaf People

Like their hearing peers, deaf people have been arrested, charged, convicted, and imprisoned for an array of crimes. Furthermore, deaf people have also been crime victims. They are a unique population within the justice system. Commentators contend that, although deaf people can be sociopaths, ...

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