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Federal Prisons Not Subject to ADA

The hearing-impaired plaintiff complained of his treatment in a Wackenhut facility while awaiting deportation. Since he has now been deported, his claim about conditions is moot, and the court lacks jurisdiction to overturn his deportation even though he says he elected not to contest it because of the "torturous" treatment at the facility.

Although state prisons are within the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act under Yeskey, federal detention centers are not, since the ADA addresses state or local government. See: Hurtado v. Reno, 34 F.Supp.2d 1261 (D.Colo. 1999).

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Hurtado v. Reno