There are 64 counties in Colorado. CCDC is currently a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the City and County of Denver addressing these very issues. We recently settled a lawsuit with Jefferson County addressing these issues. We recently filed a lawsuit against Adams County addressing these issues. Therefore, we did not send CORA’s to those counties, leaving us with 61 CORA’s sent. All CORA’s were sent by certified mail; we received a signed receipt of all requests.
With respect to our ongoing investigation, CCDC’s Legal Program has been collaborating with the Department of Justice Disability Rights Section. On October 16, 2012, CCDC’s Legal Program sent a memo to DOJ counsel detailing the investigation so far. See the letter below. Please note that this memo only describes the policies of those Sheriff’s Departments that provided policies in response to our CORAs.
CCDC’s goal in conducting these investigations, litigating the effective communication cases against Sheriff’s Departments, and collaborating with the DOJ, is to insure that every Sheriff’s Office in the state of Colorado complies with its duties to provide effective communication to witnesses, suspects, victims, arrestees and detainees who are deaf and to take appropriate steps to insure that auxiliary aids and services will be offered and provided to deaf witnesses, suspects, victims, arrestees and detainees.
CCDC recently reached a settlement agreement with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in regards to their auxiliary aids and services policies.
Of the 61 CORA requests, 47 counties timely complied with the request and provided responsive information.
Of the 47 responses, 35 counties had no written policies in place:
Of the 47 responses, 12 counties had written policies that address the issue:
**Some of these counties’ policies are sufficient, some do not do enough to ensure that a deaf or hard of hearing arrestee/detainee will have effective communication.
Of those 61 CORA requests, 14 counties did not respond at all, so we sent Notices Regarding Application for Order to Show Cause Why [the Sheriff] Should Not Permit Inspection of Records Requested: