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Justice Dept.: Young cons are “justice-involved youth,” old cons are “incarcerated individuals”

May 6, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Some “individuals who were incarcerated” during incarceration


And you thought calling young criminals “justice-involved youth” was absurd!

How about calling an adult ex-con an “individual who was incarcerated”?

Yes, the same Obama Justice Department that decided it was meany-meany to use the term “juvenile delinquent” has decided that it hurts the feelings of felons to call them felons. Thus, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, head of the Office of Justice Programs (whatever that is), writes in the Washington Post that she’s ordered a department-wide language purge so as to make it easier for ex-cons–oops, I mean “individuals who were incarcerated”–to “re-enter” society:

“The labels we affix to those who have served time can drain their sense of self-worth and perpetuate a cycle of crime, the very thing reentry programs are designed to prevent.”

Because shoring up the “self-worth” of career criminals is highly important.

Mason continues:

“This new policy statement replaces unnecessarily disparaging labels with terms like ‘person who committed a crime’ and ‘individual who was incarcerated,’ decoupling past actions from the person being described and anticipating the contributions we expect them to make when they return.  We will be using the new terminology in speeches, solicitations, website content, and social media posts, and I am hopeful that other agencies and organizations will consider doing the same.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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