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There are Deaf inmates being punished for being Deaf in prison/jail, and the system is audist, xenophobic, and mean-spirited. Even Deaf returnees are twice punished in society, too.

This could turn emotional and psychological stage at this point, the view of torture (punishing) as a practice with efforts in the society in which members of Deaf inmates/returnees would deal with the growing pain emotionally, psychologically, mentally, sociologically, and language deprivation.

What they need the mountains of support, and that the results might make all the difference. It could prevent by stealing or violating the minds and bodies of the Deaf inmates/returnees away. It is all about a method of strengthening humanity. All they need is a circle of positivism.

I might be biased here, but I am writing this to share my experience. As a Deaf returnee for almost 25 years; almost half of my life, where my legal age as of today, 44 years old. I was 21 years old when I was incarcerated; My life was young, felt lost at first, and regained my strength through the destruction of society might oppose my existence. I wrote a letter to my mother while incarcerated, I made a promise to meet the highest education I could bestow, by making a difference, and it was no easy feat.

To make the best out of it, read books would uplift my goals, no matter what how long would it make a difference, patience pays off. Without some idea of what is good for human beings, not always easy, to make life decisions in the toughest time.

Seeing how rehabilitation work would absorb the culture of fear, what is the relationship of this rehabilitation to everyday life? What would it be important in this context of the reality that the second chances define in this society?

Some of it has perhaps been challenged with the difficult questions, the spirit of coexistence, necessary for everyday life.

Within one month left in a decade (10 years), sharing reflections what I as a Deaf returnee have accomplished from 2010 until soon 2020, I think I am proud of what I had accomplished and hope 2020 for the next ten years shall show more accomplishments I thrive to aim and finish. It is only beginning.

-First Deafhood tattoo in America
-Sigma Tau Delta Award
-Graduated with Honors
-Passed a Hate Crime Law
-Deafhood Translation
-Graduate School Scholarship
-Volunteered for 57th United States Presidential Inauguration
-Deafhood Monologues Actor
-First Deaf panelist: Yale Law School Conference
-First Deaf National Anthem: DC United
-Community Service award to stand up for Deaf inmates/returnees’ rights
-Taught a class for Deaf university students for a day
-We the Deaf People Director for District of Columbia
-Volunteered for ACLU National Membership Conference
-Editorial Columnist for DEAF LIFE
-C-SPAN television network to fight against hate crimes of the Deaf
-1,000 blog posts
-19 professional lectures around America (West, East, North, South) and Canada

-JT

Copyright © 2019 Jason Tozier

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