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Documenting current practices in the management of deaf suspects in the USA

Beau James Shine (Department of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, Indiana University Kokomo, Kokomo, Indiana, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 7 September 2018

Issue publication date: 23 May 2019




The purpose of this paper is to combine previous research on deaf suspects with the findings from data gathered from law enforcement personnel nationwide to gain an understanding of the common practices of US law enforcement when arresting, interrogating and communicating with deaf suspects.


In light of the limited amount of research available on handling deaf suspects, a two-part sampling approach was used. Using critical case sampling, the author surveyed law enforcement via open-ended surveys designed to solicit information about their involvement with deaf suspects and any related questions and concerns. Guided by the Wave 1 data, Wave 2 surveys were administered to law enforcement nationwide (using expert sampling).


An analysis of the two waves of data collected was used to assemble the list of current practices.


This study combines previous research on deaf suspects, which has been published largely through the framework of deaf studies, with the insight of practitioners to identify a list of current practices used by US law enforcement when handling deaf suspects.



Shine, B.J. (2019), "Documenting current practices in the management of deaf suspects in the USA", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 347-361.



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