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DOJ: No More "Criminals" or "Convicts"

May 06, 2016  | 

The Department of Justice has apparently been phasing out the use of the word “criminal” to describe well, criminals and "convict" or "ex-convict" to describe former prison inmates. On the DOJ website the newer term, “justice-involved individual,” can be traced back to 2009. However, the term has seen more and more daylight over the last couple of years.

This is from a DOJ release on April 25:

In an effort to help young people involved in the justice system find jobs and housing, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced $1.75 million for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and nonprofit legal service organizations to address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home.

Even U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is using the term:

The future of our nation depends upon the future of our young people – including young people who have become involved with our justice system. By helping justice-involved youth find decent jobs and stable housing after they return home, these critical grants provide a foundation for a fresh start and offer a path towards productivity and purpose.  In the months ahead, the Department of Justice will continue helping justice-involved youth enrich their lives and improve our country.

Lynch can’t even say that youths have broken the law. Instead she uses the phrase, “young people who have become involved with our justice system,” MRC TV reports.

Comments (15)

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/6/2016 12:20 PM

A perfect example of PC. I guess it offends criminals to be called criminals.

OK then @ 5/7/2016 6:36 AM

Just more PC nonsense. Rather than trying to prevent future generations from falling into the same traps they just mince words.

Tom Ret @ 5/7/2016 8:57 AM

The Dept of Justice under Lynch has become less and less an institution for justice but more and more an institution that makes excuses for criminals and demeans the police. I wouldn't be surprised to hear any announcement that global warming is the main cause of all criminality.

Tom Ret @ 5/7/2016 8:58 AM

correct any to an above

ssc 1911 @ 5/7/2016 11:05 AM

I agree as well to all the above.

kevcopAz @ 5/7/2016 11:39 AM

Lynch (Obama) are fools, sorry, "Foolish involved persons". This is so much B.S. Like this will help anyone or anything. This is another example of Liberal Progressive B.S. that "words hurt" and just by stopping those words from being said the world becomes a "better place and a safe place". Lynch is so very disappointing, thought better of her and she is making Holder look like her twin. If she allows Hillary to escape justice then we will all know for sure that she is as corrupt, as "progressive" and as political as Holder and Obama. What to bet she will stay a Obama pawn and aHolder look alike? I lay you odds. Fools.

Brian @ 5/7/2016 8:31 PM

But guess what guy's & gals, good chance we may have another Liberal President next year. I urge all of you to email your contacts to vote conservative. However, this forum is probably 90% conservative, so this
plea may not help our cause much.l

AFIntel @ 5/8/2016 3:41 AM

Wait, I'm confused…I'm a police officer (part of the justice system). Doesn't that make me a "justice-involved individual?"

If so, am I also qualified for free federal benefits?

FDC @ 5/8/2016 5:36 AM

What an idiot! She must have bumped her damn head! Call them what they are! CRIMINALS...CONVICTS...

Chuck @ 5/8/2016 6:16 AM

Just another load of OBAMA horse manure!!!

ed @ 5/8/2016 8:31 AM

i carried a badge for a total of 32 years. I retired 12 years ago. these (misunderstood) ha- ha, people, were criminals back then and they still are. STAY SAFE.

iam chan @ 5/9/2016 4:26 AM

When criminals who hold high office perform acts of criminality with impunity, it is still never enough for them.

They want you to lick their boots.

Terry @ 5/9/2016 2:00 PM

That's just ignorant! They are what they are; CRIMINALS & CONVICTS!

db in AZ @ 5/9/2016 4:53 PM

Lynch, Obumba, Holder should all be in prison for TREASON....I mean "justice involved housing" . Oh wait, treason is punishable with death...I mean "justice involved afterlife".

Captain Mack @ 5/30/2016 12:44 PM

Sounds like some more "Bulls**t Infused Speech," from the current anti-cop/pro criminal administration.

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