A Felon is not a Felon / Neurotypical Magic Words

DOJ Decides It Won’t Call People ‘Felons’ Or ‘Convicts’ Because It Hurts Their Feelings

Casey Harper / DC News

An official with the Department of Justice said the agency will no longer call people “felons” or “convicts” after they are released from prison because it is too hard on them emotionally.

Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason wrote a piece in The Washington Post Wednesday saying “many of the formerly incarcerated men, women, and young people I talk with say that no punishment is harsher than being permanently branded a ‘felon’ or ‘offender.’” Gee! Then don’t commit felonies.

Mason said the decision is not to condone their behavior, but to use words to help them reenter society. Help means “to allow them to deceive the public and possible employers”

“In my role as head of the division of the Justice Department that funds and supports hundreds of reentry programs throughout the country, I have come to believe that we have a responsibility to reduce not only the physical but also the psychological barriers to reintegration.  The labels we affix to those who have served time can drain their sense of self-worth and perpetuate a cycle of crime, the very thing reentry programs are designed to prevent.  In an effort to solidify the principles of individual redemption and second chances that our society stands for*, I recently issued an agency-wide policy directing our employees to consider how the language we use affects reentry success.”

*we stand for the death penalty, plea agreements, extorting confessions, solitary confinement (sometimes for years) juveniles jailed with adults, presumption of guilt, and random executions on the streets of America.

Neurotypicals believe that words have the power to “create reality” This is a belief basic to magic.

“This new policy statement replaces unnecessarily disparaging labels with terms like ‘person who committed a crime’ and ‘individual who was incarcerated, decoupling past actions from the person being described and anticipating the contributions we expect them to make when they return.  We will be using the new terminology in speeches, solicitations, website content, and social media posts, and I am hopeful that other agencies and organizations will consider doing the same.

This is one of many steps the Obama administration is using to help recently released offenders. President Barack Obama announced in 2015 federal agencies would no longer ask if people were felons in the early job application steps.

Is this an admission by the Federal government and its myriad agencies that “We’re already staffed by crooks?”


The US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) is taking comments and input on making a new class (felons) of protected workers such as women, minorities, holders of creeds, etc.

That new class? Felons.

In a warped world where people who have broken the law are protected in what is being termed “workplace discrimination” over those who have not broken the law, the EEOC wants to insure that felons have the same rights to a job as those who have not committed a felony.


WASHINGTON (CNN) The Army and Marine Corps are allowing convicted felons to serve in increasing numbers, newly released Department of Defense statistics show.

Recruits were allowed to enlist after having been convicted of crimes including assault, burglary, drug possession and making terrorist threats.

The statistics were released by Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has given the Pentagon a month to hand over up-to-date details on the number of waivers granted, reports on how the recruits have performed and information about how the waivers are related to meeting recruitment goals.

Pentagon statistics show the Army granted 511 felony waivers in 2007, just over twice the 249 it granted the year before. The Army aims to recruit more than 80,000 new soldiers a year. The Marines — which recruits fewer new service members each year than the Army — also reported a rise in waivers for felonies, with 350 granted in 2007, compared with 208 in 2006.

Erosion of trust is destroying the social fabric of the U.S. I wonder why? Can I trust someone, anyone, in “uniform” to be one of the “good guys”? Absolutely not.


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