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No More ‘Convicts’ or ‘Felons’ If San Francisco Passes Criminal Justice Language Proposal

Los Angeles Times

By Colleen Shalby

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors wants to sanitize language in the criminal justice system. In a proposal to the city and county of San Francisco, words like “felon,” “offender,”“convict” and “parolee” would be swapped for what’s described as people-first language — phrases that strip any objectification or pejorative descriptions for more neutral and positive descriptors.

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