San Francisco, CA – The city of San Francisco has used a politically-correct grammarian to craft new words to describe criminals or drug addicts without offending anyone.
Local officials said the new phraseology would help people to think of criminals and drug addicts more positively, FOX News reported.
Under the proposed “person-first” language edict passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, nobody can use the words “felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict,” or “juvenile delinquent,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The supervisors want convicted felons to be called “justice-involved” or “formerly incarcerated” persons, or even a “returning residents.”
A convict on parole or probation would be called a “person on parole” or a “person under supervision,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Drug addicts shall be called “persons with a history of substance abuse” and a juvenile delinquent will be a “young person with justice system involvement” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”
“We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” City Supervisor Matt Haney said. “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 resolution passed by the board of supervisors that mandated the changes said that one in five California residents had a criminal record and words like felon and inmate “only serve to obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
“Inaccurate information, unfounded assumptions, generalizations and other negative predispositions associated with justice-involved individuals create societal stigmas, attitudinal barriers, and continued negative stereotypes,” the resolution continued.
The non-binding resolution passed in July but San Francisco Mayor London Breed has not signed it despite the fact the district attorney’s office has said they’re on board with the new language, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The mayor’s spokesman, Jeff Cretan, said Breed “doesn’t implement policies based on nonbinding resolutions, but she is always happy to work with the board on issues around equity and criminal justice reform.”
San Francisco Police Spokesman David Stevenson said the police department has “made our members aware of the resolution and are researching possible impacts on operations and communications.”
The San Francisco Chronicle pointed out that under the new language guidelines, a victim of a car break-in by a recently released felon on parole with a drug problem would be called “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.”