Deaf ex-inmate files complaint against jail

first_imgA deaf former jail inmate has filed a federal complaint against Clark County alleging his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act and the United States Code.Eric Jacob Studer, 42, is seeking $200,000 in damages, as well as injunctive relief to force the Clark County Jail to fully accommodate inmates who are deaf or hearing impaired.The complaint and demand for a jury trial was filed Dec. 2 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by Roggendorf Law of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala of Tacoma.The complaint alleges that the jail discriminated against Studer, who is fluent in American Sign Language, and all inmates who are deaf.Studer contends that the county knew he was deaf prior to December 2013 based on his several prior incarcerations; yet, jail staff still failed to accommodate him.Clark County Jail Chief Ric Bishop said Wednesday that he cannot comment on the specifics of the case.“However, the Clark County Jail works diligently to accommodate inmates with disabilities and recently adopted new procedures relating to the accommodations of hearing impaired inmates,” he said.last_img read more