The San Francisco Crime Board is now whitewashing criminal justice terms in an effort to combat the stigma against those who have committed crimes.
“Crime-ridden San Francisco has introduced new sanitized language for criminals, getting rid of words such as ‘offender’ and ‘addict’ while changing ‘convicted felon’ to ‘justice-involved person,'” according to Fox News.
San Francisco has the highest rate of “justice involved persons” of any city in America. The Crime Board thinks that changing the terms will help change the way “non-justice-involved persons” view “justice-involved persons.”
“A juvenile ‘delinquent’ will now be called a ‘young person with justice system involvement,’ or a ‘young person impacted by the juvenile justice system,'” according to the report. “And drug addicts or substance abusers, meanwhile, will become ‘a person with a history of substance use.'”
For those who have read Orwell, this language sanitization is familiar. It’s what he called “Newspeak.” By replacing certain words, the San Francisco Crime Board hopes to erode them from your lexicon, thus limiting the scope of your thought.
It gets more wild.
“The [San Francisco Chronicle] noted an individual whose car has been broken into could well be known to police as ‘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,'” Fox said.
I’ll stick to “felons,” thanks.
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