REPORT: San Francisco to scrub ‘dehumanizing labels’ from criminals


That tough customer with the teardrop tattoo is no longer an ex-con: He’s a “formerly incarcerated individual,” a “returning resident,” or simply “justice involved.”

At least, that’s now the case in San Francisco, where the Board of Supervisors approved a resolution last month urging city departments to adopt “people-first language with respect to people with criminal records.”

The article goes on to state the following:

Other examples of the criminal-justice rebranding include:

* Parolee: Change to “person on parole” or “person under supervision”

* Drug offender or drug abuser: “Person convicted of a drug offense”

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