The party of political correctness has struck again. Obama’s Department of Justice has introduced a new way to describe young, convicted criminals. According to Breitbart, Attorney General Loretta Lynch wants people to refer to young ex-convicts as “justice-involved youth.” In a progressive setting, that new term would also end up applying to all ex-convicts.
The new terminology was unveiled recently when the DOJ and the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that they are sending $1.75 million dollars to various nonprofit organizations to help “justice-involved individuals” and the challenges they face in finding work and housing.
“The future of our nation depends on the future of our young people,” Lynch said, “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.”
While helping troubled youth is a noble and necessary cause, changing the description and wording only helps to serve the notion that ex-convicts are the victims instead of the people they victimized. It deepens the victim mentality that progressive politicians are pushing throughout the country and does not allow the ex-convict to acknowledge that their own personal choices and actions led them down the path to the justice system.
“Justice-involved” sounds more like the person worked at the jail or the courtroom rather than served time in prison for criminal acts. It sounds harmless when the majority of the crimes committed are anything but harmless.
This announcement came as part of Obama’s “National Reentry Week.” Since 2009, his administration has given over $400 million in Second Chance Act funds to reentry services to help ex-convicts prepare to re-enter public life and the workforce.