California has plenty of issues that need tending to, and sanitizing would do wonders for many of their cities. But fixing the homeless problem or waste problem is somehow not on the docket. But apparently, the more pressing issue of Labeling is. The San Francisco Board decided that we are being inhumane by calling felons, felons. They came out with a list of politically correct ways to address people that have been in the system. Because that is waaay more important than cleaning up their city…
“The words “felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict” and “juvenile delinquent” would be part of the past in official San Francisco parlance under new “person first” language guidelines adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
Going forward, what was once called a convicted felon or an offender released from jail will be a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or simply a “returning resident.”
Parolees and people on criminal probation will be referred to as a “person on parole,” or “person under supervision.”
A juvenile “delinquent” will become a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”
And drug addicts or substance abusers will become “a person with a history of substance use.”
“We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” Supervisor Matt Haney said.”
“Inaccurate information, unfounded assumptions, generalizations and other negative predispositions associated with justice-involved individuals create societal stigmas, attitudinal barriers and continued negative stereotypes,” it continues.
“We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from,” Haney said.
No one forces these scarlet letters onto people. These criminals make the choice to break the law. Labeling is society’s way of saying watch out. I think most people want to know if their neighbor is a threat to their property or family. This is just more evidence of how useless the leadership is in California. A woman gets a Medieval disease due to the filthy conditions and leaders are worried about labels?