Forensic Transcription Basics

Quite frequently interpreters and translators are asked to transcribe and subsequently translate recorded conversations obtained or produced by law enforcement entities. These could be for example, a post-arrest interview of a defendant, suspect, or witness; a recorded conversation from wiretapped cellphones, calls made to or from prison inmates, etc.


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Prison Terms

It’s impossible to work as a court interpreter and not be exposed to terminology specifically related to prisons – whether it’s legal code pertaining to prison sentences or the daily expressions used inside prisons.  We’ve compiled a list of them.  Count how many you’re familiar with and have equivalents for in your working languages.   Let us know how you scored!

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