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News Release
Sheriff Atkins' Response to Settlement of ADA Complaint - 07/15/21

A former inmate of the Jail filed an ADA complaint with the Department of Justice relating to the way her hearing disability was handled during her brief stay at the Jail. Upon being notified of the complaint, I (Sheriff Atkins) directed staff to participate fully and completely in assisting the DOJ in their inquiry. At the same time, I ordered an internal review of the matter. The command staff at the Jail recognized, as did the Department of Justice that despite having acquired specialized equipment and implementing procedures to better communicate with the deaf, that this was an instance of a breakdown in those efforts.

At the conclusion of their investigation, the Department of Justice invited the Sheriff’s Office to participate in a voluntary settlement agreement that the DOJ believed would remedy their concerns in the matter. We agreed to enter into that agreement, and we intend to consistently demonstrate our values by providing equal access to services for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.  

-Sheriff Chuck Atkins, Clark County, Washington

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