Liberal San Francisco Rebrands 'Convicted Felon' as 'Justice-Involved Person'
Crime-infested California city board introduces new sanitized language for criminals
Crime-infested San Francisco has introduced new sanitized language to be used when discussing criminals and their crimes.
Under new guidelines in the liberal California city, phrases such as "convicted felon" will be rebranded to "justice-involved person."
The Board of Supervisors has introduced the new rules, which will drop such words as “offender” and “addict.”
The changes were adopted by the board last month despite the city reeling from one of the highest crime rates in the country.
San Francisco's staggering inequality is exemplified by pervasive homelessness alongside Silicon Valley wealth.
The city has the highest concentration of billionaires in the world while boasting some of the filthiest slums on Earth.
The local officials claim the new language will help change people’s views about those who commit crimes.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, from now on a convicted felon or an offender released from custody will be known as a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or just a “returning resident.”
A juvenile “delinquent” will now be called a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”
And drug addicts or substance abusers, meanwhile, 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 told the newspaper.
“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.”
The sanitized language, though unlikely to do much to address the crime problem, may result in some convoluted descriptions of crimes in the future.
The newspaper 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.”
The board’s approved new language is non-binding, with the district attorney endorsing the measure.
Mayor London Breed hasn’t yet endorsed the new language.