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Deaf and Criminal Justice: Introduction & Career Info

This guide points to resources about Deaf and CJ issues, legal interpreting, and careers in the field.


This is a picture of HEARD, an advocacy organization for Deaf prisoners. It shows the FCC panel behind a table in the court room and an interpreter behind them. On the right is the African American founder, Talila A. Lewis. She has short hair and is wearing a black jacket over a shocking pink top. This guide will assist you with Deaf and Criminal Justice research and help you find DVDs, books, articles, and databases related to this topic. Deaf-related resources tend to be in the HV2300-HV2600 area for books (4th floor), bound journals (2nd floor) and DVDs (1st floor, Deaf Media).

In addition to Deaf and Criminal Justice topics, we have legal interpreting resources and career information about Deaf people and interpreters in the Criminal Justice field.

Check out the organization HEARD, which works on behalf of Deaf prisoners' rights. If interested in Deaf and Domestic Violence issues, check out the Rochester organization, Ignite.

Sometimes it is helpful to get background information about a topic using print and online encyclopedias.Use the keywords criminal justice AND encyclopedia or other related keywords. Use a thesaurus to find other keywords and expand your search. Search the RIT Libraries Catalog below.

 If you have questions, feel free to contact me, Joan Naturale - I am the NTID and Deaf Studies Librarian and happy to help.

Career Information

We have information about Deaf people in the field of Criminal Justice, such as lawyers, judges, police officers, etc. We also have legal or court interpreter information. Check out the Occupational Handbook and look up a field you are interested in. It will give you expected pay, required education and certification, job duties, and job outlook.

Check out our career books as well, such as Legal Eagles & Other Law-and-Order Types, Careers in Law, Criminal Justice and Emergency Services, Career Opportunities in Law and the Legal Industry, and the videos about law careers (many are captioned).  Check out "What you can do with a major in Criminology".  Use the Gallaudet Biography Database to find Deaf people in the Criminal Justice field. You can browse by occupations.

If interested in articles about Deaf people in the Criminal Justice field in popular periodicals, check out the Deaf Life magazine. It is helpful to have the name of the person you are looking for. You can also search the Gallaudet Deaf Periodicals Database and scroll down to specific subjects to find articles in a variety of magazines.  Check the A-Z Journal Finder list to see if we have the title.

If we do not have the magazine, you can use Interlibrary Loan for free. You must register and then you can order articles and books for free.

Use the Deaf Biography Database. Note the Sources. These are articles, book chapters, and other items where you can find more information about the person. You can look up the title of books using our RIT Libraries Catalog.

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