A deaf man preparing to serve jail time is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons, claiming that the prison he has been assigned to is not equipped to accommodate his disability. Larry Berke, who was convicted of mail fraud, is represented by Ballard Spahr partner Constantinos Panagopoulos and attorneys from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

Mr. Berke’s attorneys point out that the facility set to house him does not offer interpreters for deaf prisoners. He would have no way of understanding orientation, disciplinary proceedings, religious, or educational programs. The prison also lacks visual safety alarms (except for fires) and visual videophones that Mr. Berke needs to communicate with his wife and children.