San Francisco, a bastion of ultra-progressive liberalism, recently addressed a “problem” facing their community.
Convicted felons and other criminals will now be referred to as “justice-involved”, a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “returning resident.”
The phrase “juvenile delinquents” has been replaced with a “young person with justice system involvement” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system”.
People on probation and parolees will be known as a “person on parole” or “person under supervision”.
Substance abusers will become “a person with a history of substance use.”
The SF Chronicle presented potential complications of such verbosity for law enforcement and citizens alike:
“The new terminology [for] someone whose car has been broken into could well be: “A person who has come in contact with a returning resident who was involved with the justice system and who is currently under supervision with a history of substance use.”
In other words, someone whose car was broken into by a recently released offender, on parole with a drug problem.”
Many of the proposed terms hold the criminal justice system (as opposed to the actions of offenders) responsible for incarceration.
According to the proposed resolution, these terms “only serve to obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal.”
It continues: “Inaccurate information, unfounded assumptions, generalizations and other negative predispositions associated with justice-involved individuals create societal stigmas, attitudinal barriers and continued negative stereotypes.”
Supervisor Matt Haney elaborated: “We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done.”
The mayor did not adopt the proposal but only because she “doesn’t implement policies based on nonbinding resolutions, but she is always happy to work with the board on issues around equity and criminal justice reform”.
The district attorney’s office approved of the proposed changes, while the San Francisco Police Department made “members aware of the resolution and are researching possible impacts on operations and communications.”
While the San Francisco legislature was busy figuring out how to not hurt criminal’s feelings – forget the victims’ – a shootout on the popular Market street occurred in broad daylight:
One question remains: what will the shooters be called?