DOJ Program to Eliminate ‘Disparaging’ Terms ‘Convicts’ and ‘Felons’

The Obama administration just released dozens of felons, some of whom were serving sentences of life without parole, and somehow Main Street USA is supposed to applaud his “compassion,” which is at their expense. In addition, a new proposal is being launched to prevent hurting the feelings of these law breakers.

The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs is eschewing the terms “felon” and “convict” when officials refer to individuals convicted of crimes, opting instead for less “disparaging labels,” Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason announced Wednesday.

The Office of Justice Programs plans to substitute terminology such as “person who committed a crime” and “individual who was incarcerated” in speeches and other communications as part of an effort to remove barriers that officials say hinder progress of those who re-enter society after completing their prison sentences.

“I have come to believe that we have a responsibility to reduce not only the physical but also the psychological barriers to reintegration,” Ms. Mason wrote Wednesday in a guest post for The Washington Post. “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.”

The announcement follows a series of initiatives introduced as part of the Justice Department’s first National Reentry Week, through which law enforcement officials hope to reduce recidivism by changing features of the criminal justice system.

A criminal record can prevent people from obtaining employment, housing, higher education or credit, the Justice Department noted.

The re-entry plan does not contain the words “convict” or “felon.”

In 2013 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order that required city employees to use the term “returning citizen” when referring to a person who has been released from jail or prison.

Over the course of National Reentry Week, the Obama administration announced a series of initiatives meant to support ex-offenders in the transition from prison. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch last week reached out to state governors to encourage them to allow prisoners to exchange prison identification cards for state-issued IDs once their sentences are completed. President Obama announced plans to prohibit federal agencies from asking applicants for government jobs about any criminal history until the final phase in the hiring process.

It is doubtful that a felon will commit future felonies because he or she gets their feelings hurt by being called a felon. They are called felons because of what they did, and the public has a right to know and to decide whether they want to put their trust, their property, or their life in the hands of these dangerous criminals, even if they have already served their time.

The next step for these unrealistic progressives is to make it illegal to ask a potential renter or a job applicant if they have any felonies in their past. That may seem fair and kind according to the Obama crew, which does not run with the crowd shopping at Wal-Mart, but for regular folks it is critical in judging who they can and cannot trust. Labels are shorthand messages to let people know who they are dealing with and whether they should exercise extra care in dealing with them.

Once again Obama and his henchmen fail the American people and show that they simply do not care about ordinary citizens, and that they never have.




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