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Crime-ridden San Francisco has introduced the new sanitized language for the criminals to get rid of words such as “perpetrator” and “the addict,” on change “convicted criminals” to “justice-involved person.”
The Board of supervisors adopted the changes last month, even as the city reels from one of the highest crime rates in the country and staggering inequality, using the example of a pervasive homelessness, in addition to Silicon Valley wealth.
Local officials say the new language will help change the views of people about those who commit crimes.
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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, from now on, a convicted felon or an offender from prison is released, known as a “formerly incarcerated person” or “justice-involved” person or just a “returning resident.”
The young “delinquents” are now being called a “young man with justice involvement,” or a “young person affected by the juvenile justice system.”
And drug-dependent or drug-dependent, meanwhile, is “a person with a history of drug use.”
“We don’t want people to be as one of the worst things you have done,” Supervisor Matt Haney told the newspaper. “We want them to become, ultimately, to be responsible citizens, and referring to you as a felon is like a scarlet letter, the escape can never be.”
“We don’t want people to be as one of the worst things you have done. We want you to become, ultimately, to be responsible citizens, and referring to you as a felon is like a scarlet letter, the escape can never be.”
Supervisor Matt Haney
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The adjusted language, but is unlikely to lead to do much to address the problem of crime can be some of the complicated descriptions of crimes in the future.
The newspaper noted, a Person whose car could be broken into well-known to the police as “a person coming in contact with a returning resident who has been involved with the justice system and is currently under the supervision of, and with a history of drug use.”
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The Supervisory Board approved new language is not binding, the Prosecutor’s office, is in favour of the measure. The mayor of London race, disapproved of the new language.