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May 02

Changing the way we talk…

…about those touched by the criminal justice system

Language is powerful. When we talk about people who come into contact with the criminal ju000001secondchancebutton-smaller_0stice system and refer to them as “offenders,” “inmates,” or “convicts,” we cause these people’s offenses to linger long after they’ve paid their debt to society. Such labeling is both dehumanizing and stigmatizing, ascribing scarlet letters to people based on actions that arguably represent the worst days of their lives rather than who they are sons, sisters, parents, and community members. To read this post in it’s entirety please click here

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