Jenny Paola Hincapié MarínFollow

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Florida has the third-highest Hispanic population in the U.S. (US Census Bureau, 2020). This study will analyzelanguage policies concerning incarcerated Spanish-speaking women and employees of the Florida judicialsystem, i.e., exploring the performance of both non-English and non-Spanish speakers during legalproceedings. Language policies, and by extension, educational programs for inmates as well ascommunication training for prison employees and judicial staff, have evolved over time. Some of theseinitiatives have helped while others have revealed language barriers in the judicial system. The examination ofcurrent language policies through documentary reviews, such as the analysis of the Limited EnglishProficiency (LEP) Guidance document and ethnographic work will elucidate strengths and areas forimprovement in the design, implementation, and evaluation of Florida’s programs, thus contributing valuableand effective insights for the development of more context-specific educational and training projects.



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