Sunday, November 27, 2016
Criminals must not be called offenders any more, says Scottish Government
How about "ex-cons"?
Criminals released from prison will no longer be called “offenders” in the Scottish criminal justice system under controversial plans to make them feel more welcome in communities.
SNP ministers have called on organisations working with ex-prisoners and people who have completed community sentences to use the terms “person with convictions” or “person with an offending history” instead.
In a new strategy designed to reduce Scotland’s high prison population and drive down reoffending rates, the Scottish government insisted that renaming “offenders” would support reintegration and reduce stigma.
It has ordered partner organisations working in criminal justice to “be aware of the power of language” and use “inclusive” terms for people after they have paid their debt to society.
Criminologists backed the move