We respect and seek to empower people who are or who have been incarcerated.  To that end, we reject the dehumanizing words of the prison system like “inmates,” “offenders,” “convicts,” “felons,” and “prisoners,” which evoke feelings of otherness and fear.  People in prison are people and should be referred to as such. We as an organization strive to use inclusive language such as “people in prison,” “people who are currently incarcerated,” “people with past involvement in the justice system,” and “people who were formerly incarcerated.”

 

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