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San Francisco Rebrands ‘Convicted Felon’ As ‘Justice-Involved Person’

San Francisco has a lot of problems: Rampant drug use on the streets, homeless defecating everywhere, medieval diseases like typhoid and bubonic plague engulfing the once-great city.

But fortunately, elected officials are tackling the most important problem: Politically incorrect language.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is busy rewriting “language guidelines” for what to call certain people. For instance, a convicted felon or an offender released from jail should be called a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person. A person who commits another crime — once called a “repeat offender” — should be called a “returning resident.”

People on parole or probation should be referred to as a “person on parole” or  a “person under supervision.”

In addition, a juvenile “delinquent” should become a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.” And drug addicts should 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 told the San Francisco Chronicle. “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.”

According to the resolution, 1 of 5 California residents has a criminal record, and words like “prisoner,” “convict,” “inmate” or “felon” “only serve to obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal,” the resolution states.“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.

The Chronicle points out the resolution makes no mention of victims of “justice-involved” people, and constructs a sentence to show the absurdity of the new language: “[U]sing the new terminology 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.”

Imagine what Kelvin would do with this new language. No more would all his cussies from across the Tasman be sent home as criminals. They would be welcomed into our midst as returning residents.

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  1. So we shouldn’t be referring to the Labour Youth Party and their gatherings, simply a grouping of young persons impacted by the juvenile justice system who coincidentally think the Labour Party is the way to go. They can aspire to gaining a job within the corridors of Parliament where in time they can become a person who has come in contact with someone who should be involved with the justice system

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  2. To quote 1984 (Politically correct language is basically Orwell’s NewSpeak):

    “By 2050 — earlier, probably — all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron — they’ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually contradictory of what they used to be. Even the literature of The Party will change. Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like Freedom is Slavery when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

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  3. Much as I admire and support President Trump in his valiant efforts to drain the swamp, clean the Augean Stables might be a more apposite metaphor, it is hard to reconcile cities such as San Fransisco, LA, Baltimore, Detroit and Chicongo with the phrase “Make America Great Again.” Wiping these cess -pits and all the other “sanctuary” cities run by Democrats off the map along with their entire populations would seen to be a prerequisite for that.

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  4. Using the term “Justice involved” person for a convicted felon??? You wouldn’t know whether the person was an actual felon, or a Lawyer, who is also ‘justice involved’.
    Mind you, is there any real difference? 😉

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