Corrections Chief Bans Word 'Perp,' Says Goal Is 'Culture Of Mutual Respect'

New York City corrections officers have been banned from calling inmates anything other than “persons" or "individuals."

New York, NY – New York City Department of Correction (DOC) officers have been banned from calling inmates anything other than “persons” or “individuals,” according to a directive from the DOC chief.

DOC Chief of Department Hazel Jennings issued the directive on Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

Chief Jennings declared that previously-used slang terms like “bodies” and “packages” were “unprofessional, demeaning and from this point prohibited,” according to the directive.

Instead, DOC employees must only refer to inmates as “persons” or “individuals,” the New York Post reported.

“This notification reinforces existing policy and advances our goal of creating a culture of mutual respect,” DOC spokesperson Peter Thorne told the New York Daily News. “It is part of our ongoing commitment to remaking our jails into national models for modern correctional practice.”

But the abrupt rule change also has the potential to cause communication problems inside the facilities.

“It’s BS that you can’t call them ‘perps’,” a DOC source told the New York Post. “Now if you say on the radio you have five persons, does that mean inmates, visitors, construction workers, counselors, etc. It is confusing.”

The source said the move was just further evidence of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “plan to coddle criminals.”

“Inmates get treated better than us [correction officers],” the source added.

Chief Jennings’ rule change came as the New York City Council has been poring over proposed legislation aimed at establishing better living accommodations for the city’s inmate population.

Manhattan Councilman Keith Powers authored the proposed “bill of rights” for inmates and presented it for the council’s consideration earlier in October, the New York Post reported.

Under the proposed legislation, DOC personnel would be required to address inmates by their preferred pronouns.

Powers’ also mentioned Chief Jennings’ latest directive in his “bill of rights.”

“This is a small but encouraging step to humanize individuals in custody," he told the New York Daily News. "The policy reflects legislation I introduced this month that would require incarcerated individuals be called by their names - we are talking about people here.”

Inmates would be given 24-hour “call buttons” so they could summon corrections officers to their cells whenever they wanted, the New York Post reported.

Powers’ legislation further called for cells to be equipped with internet access, kitchenettes, and windows to let natural light in, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Cells would also be constructed of “aesthetically appealing materials, such as wood, fabric, ceramics and plastic… deprioritize[ing] the use of metal,” the New York Post reported.

Inmates would be allowed to decorate their own cells under the proposed legislation.

“What’s concerning to us is this apparent emphasis from the City Council on increasing congeniality, rather than addressing the jail violence, which even the administration reports has risen significantly over the past year,” Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen told the New York Post.

Husamudeen called Chief Jennings’ directive “redundant” and argued that employees already address inmates by their actual names.

The city is in the process of considering a proposal to shut down Rikers Island and to swap it out for four new, smaller incarceration facilities scattered among the boroughs.

The project is expected to cost $9 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The council’s vote in that matter has been scheduled for Oct. 17, the New York Post reported.

This latest move falls on the heels of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s human rights commission’s ban on using the words “illegal alien” or threatening to call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to report someone.

Comments (56)
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Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

How can you have "Respect" for people who Murder, Rape, Rod and Destroy other people's LIVES?? And WILL do it again when released?????

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wow..... Can't even call an inmate an inmate now....

and Councilman Keith Powers's proposal..... I guess you could always just taken them out of prison and put them in a a nice hotel. I mean, it's not like they did anything wrong.

flybynight
flybynight

Perp 👌perp👌perp👌 perp👌perp👌perp👌perp👌perp. What foolishness!!!

floridacop
floridacop

Call them by their name. How in the holy cow crap are they going to remember every inmates name. Get a grip and inmate is an inmate therefore should be called inmate

flybynight
flybynight

Wait, that's a female? 🤷‍♂️

LEO0301
LEO0301

New York and California are in a race to see which one can create the most insane legislation. It's close but the new one from New York puts them in first place.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Now inmates must be called “individuals” or “persons” in all radio transmissions, phone conversations and when speaking to others while on duty.

Those are nouns. You can always add an adjective such as, "suspect," "convicted," "dangerous," or "irredeemable."

Retired CO
Retired CO

What about A$$hole? I suppose it should be "Mr A$$hole".

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

No one is getting a bigger laugh out of this word game than the inmates themselves. Virtue signalling requires little effort and is also an investment in future problems that attract compound interest. Fortunately for the seed planter, the return on mistakes usually blooms in full after they retire.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Just look at the chief, that says it all

Sargejh
Sargejh

Hazel is “perp”etually stupid!!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF??? Stop coddling criminals!⁰! And now you dont want to call them "perps" cause it hurts their "fweelins"??? And they are going to have designer cells with internet access?? Give me a mother f••king break!!! They already get too much crap paid for by tax payers now!!!!

RunningFromNY
RunningFromNY

Just one more reason I chose my screen name.

Anomie88
Anomie88

These felons, inmates, arrestees, perpetrators, convicts have never given any one respect. That is one reason they are in prison. They labelled themselves by committing crimes, now deal with it Chief Apologist.

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

The prospect all of their respect at the scene of their crime!

Farmer
Farmer

I suggest that the term "corrections officer" is blatantly abusive. We need a new title!

Storm45
Storm45

Out here in cow country, respect is still earned not given. Criminals give up their right to respect from civilized society by voluntarily conducting themselves as they do.

See to your weapons and stand to your horses, Tombstone, Arizona Territory

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

If ALL CO's called them perps what is she gonna do, punish all of them?

Stanracer
Stanracer

I had a feeling this would involve a black, female chief. Must be a trend.

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Wow, these convicted “individuals” will live better than our deployed troops. Have they figured out what this cost the already over-burdened taxpayers?

FSchloss
FSchloss

I've always felt that the term "asshole" works well, although, when I was in the army and forced to work in what they call "confinement", we found that the term "prisoner", as in "Prisoner Smith" worked well.

Soulmanrich
Soulmanrich

What a dumb kkhunt. Lock that Perp up

chessie58
chessie58

Are New York and California having a contest on passing stupid laws? This stupid twit doesn't seem to understand that jail is the way it is so perps of some intelligence don't want to come back! Don't reward the assholes with efficiency apartments!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

So I'm guessing the "N" word is out?

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

When the F did prison become a country club? Mutual respect huh so when whites are called crackers the means blacks can be called what? N****s, monkeys, gorillas, tell us what’s appropriate please!!!

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

Wonder if you can still call them "human" pieces of SHIAT?

iamgideon
iamgideon

This has to be some of the most absurd crap I've ever heard. Give the inmates a 24 hour call button!
HA 😂 HA 😂 HA 😂 HA 😂

"Inmates would be given 24-hour “call buttons” so they could summon corrections officers to their cells whenever they wanted, the New York Post reported.

Powers’ legislation further called for cells to be equipped with internet access, kitchenettes, and windows to let natural light in, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Cells would also be constructed of “aesthetically appealing materials, such as wood, fabric, ceramics and plastic… deprioritize[ing] the use of metal,” the New York Post reported."

mike wauters
mike wauters

Of course the thing wants to be PC. Thats how it got the job, political correctness.

Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes
Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes

BANNING on group of People’s FREE SPEECH - even a shortened version could of a LEGITIMATE, Useful, and Helpful, both in Language in general and within this proper context - is “MUTUAL RESPECT”?

Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes
Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes

Can’t make any weapons out of Wood, Fabric, Ceramics, & Plastic!

LAW169
LAW169

Another 1st Amendment superhero banning the dictionary one word / phrase at a time.

Einsteinsdaddy
Einsteinsdaddy

So I guess "Scumbag" is off the table?

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

So the word "OFFENDER" no longer flies?

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Respect for the inmates? The same ones attacking weaker inmates and raping them? Are you kidding?

ikaika
ikaika

They can sit in their cells watching porn and pressing the call button every half hour to summon a CO just for fun. Yeah, close Rikers and build four smaller prisons in the boroughs for $9 BILLION. That will go over well, especially when the taxpayers hear about the amenities.

Stu Redman
Stu Redman

As Wesley Snipes so aptly put it in the movie "Demolition Man" The year is 2019, that's two zero one nine, as in the 21st century and I'm sorry to say that, the world has become a pussy whipped, Brady Bunch version of itself, run by a bunch of rogue sissies.