Houston to develop policies for deaf inmates

March 31, 2000
To settle a federal investigation, the city of Houston agreed Friday to provide sign language interpreters or other aids for the deaf and to retrain city workers in its police department, municipal courts and jail. 
     The agreement ends an investigation by the Justice Department's civil rights division for possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also will be submitted for court approval as part of the city's settlement of two private lawsuits brought by deaf men. The city denied the allegations in both complaints.