A South Dakota official says a deaf woman sentenced to life in prison for murder and kidnapping will be housed in the state women’s prison in Pierre, where she will join five other women serving life sentences.
Michael Winder of the Corrections Department says prison staff will be able to communicate with Daphne Wright despite her deafness. The women’s prison in Pierre has previously housed deaf inmates, although none of the current prisoners is deaf.
Winder says staff members can communicate with a deaf inmate by using written notes. He says interpreters who know sign language are used for disciplinary hearings, medical appointments and other situations where it is crucial that a deaf inmate understand what is being said.
Wright was convicted last week of kidnapping and murdering Darlene VanderGiesen, another deaf woman from Sioux Falls. A jury yesterday rejected the death penalty and instead decided to sentence Wright to life in prison.
(( Source: KELOLAND TV ))