Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Yes it's 2013 and prisoners can finally talk with their families in languages other tan English

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Yes it's 2013 and prisoners can finally talk with their families in languages other tan English:

Yes it's 2013 and prisoners can finally talk with their families in languages other tan English

Chesa Boudin
I'm immensely proud to know Chesa Boudin, a young (damn, he's not a kid any more) super-hero without cape, who seems to pop up whenever the powerless need a voice. 

AP --  Utah prisoners will be allowed to talk with visitors in Spanish or any other language now that a long-standing English-only rule has been scrapped. By Aug. 1, signs in the Utah state prison saying, "All visits will be conducted in English," will be taken down in a policy change ordered by Utah's new prison boss, Rollin Cook.
That will put an end to the nation's only written rule from a state prison system forbidding foreign languages during visits, said Chesa Boudin, a federal public defender in San Francisco and one of three authors of a Yale University law school study that reviewed prison rules across the United States.
"I was shocked," Boudin said  when he learned of the rule. "This is a country that prides itself on its diversity: racially, ethnically, linguistically. Utah, while not the epicenter of immigration in this country, has many language groups."

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