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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and the S.C. Department of Corrections have reached a deal to ensure hearing-impaired inmates have a chance to participate in services, programs and activities.

Among terms of the agreement announced Thursday, inmates with hearing disabilities will not be excluded from participating in corrections department programs, including vocational and religious services. The agreement also requires corrections officials to provide services equal to those provided to inmates who are not deaf, including auxiliary aides and services and qualified interpreters in a timely manner to ensure effective communication with inmates with hearing disabilities.

Complaints filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act said the Department of Corrections failed to provide sign language interpreters and other aids and services to inmates with hearing disabilities.