The state Department of Corrections has reached a tentative settlement to change the way it provides services to inmates who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The department says it will provide sign-language interpreters for hearing-impaired inmates during major interactions, like disciplinary hearings and counseling sessions.
It will also provide more educational and vocational programs to those inmates. A judge must still approve the agreement. It’s not immediately known how much it will cost to implement those new services.