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Sympathy For Criminals: Colorado Drops the Term "Sex Offender," Considers Dropping "Felon" & "Convict"

November 2021:

[quote]The board, which controls treatment standards for people already convicted of sex crimes, voted 10-6 Friday on a controversial proposal to replace “sex offender” with “adults who commit sexual offenses.” Board members weren’t in lockstep on the issue and voted even more narrowly — 8-7, earlier this year — to consider the language change in the first place.

[quote]The board’s Friday decision is now subject to a 20-day public comment period before final ratification by the board, a spokeswoman said.

[quote]The argument for new language is based around an increasingly popular theory of “person-first” terminology. Labeling someone a “sex offender,” supporters of this change say, can impede rehabilitation efforts by creating the permanent perception that the person in question is a danger to public safety.

[quote]That’s precisely the point, said opponents of this change.

[quote]The language change doesn’t affect the state’s Sex Offender Registry either in name or in policy. What happened Friday is a symbolic shift, more than anything.

[quote]But, SOMB Chair Kimberly Kline told reporters this week, it’s the kind of change that could affect actual behavior.

[quote]“If we’re talking about how someone speaks about themself, … that can increase risk,” she said. “Ultimately it is victim-centered if we’re reducing risk.”

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[quote]Supports of the change in terminology argue it will reduce recidivism. Opponents say it will only reduce accountability, noting victims and survivors live with their label for life.

[quote]Last year, lawmakers considered a bill that would have, among other things, eliminated the term “sexually violent predator” from statutes but they ended up pulling it.

[quote]a task force charged with sentencing reform is considering asking the legislature to change terms like “defendant,” “convict,” and “felon” to “justice-involved people.”

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by Anonymousreply 14November 26, 2021 11:41 PM

quoted text at the OP is from two sources, this is the other one:

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by Anonymousreply 1November 21, 2021 8:12 PM

‘Sex Offender’ is a vague, inexplicit term.

I prefer 'Rapist'.

by Anonymousreply 2November 21, 2021 8:19 PM

R2, except most sex offenders aren't rapists. We put people on the sex offender list for having sex with 16-year-olds when they were 18. There have also been people put on the sex offender list for things like having sex in public, which might be sleazy but it hardly makes you a rapist

by Anonymousreply 3November 21, 2021 8:22 PM

I guess this is one way to clear prisons.

by Anonymousreply 4November 21, 2021 8:22 PM

R4 - Sex offenders get on the sex offender registry after they finish their sentence.

by Anonymousreply 5November 21, 2021 8:23 PM

It's the same Newspeak manipulation of language that changed "Illegal Immigrant" to "Dreamer"

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by Anonymousreply 6November 21, 2021 8:28 PM

Only a Joe Arpaio type would give a fuck about this.

by Anonymousreply 7November 21, 2021 8:29 PM

What is offensive to some is inoffensive to others.

The term ‘Sex Offender’ is a vague, unmeasurable term.

by Anonymousreply 8November 21, 2021 8:32 PM

No more murderers, they are now “ person who caused premature death of another person.”

by Anonymousreply 9November 21, 2021 10:53 PM

Convicts are now “persons who were temporarily homed by the state.”

by Anonymousreply 10November 21, 2021 10:59 PM

Is this Jared Polis?

by Anonymousreply 11November 21, 2021 11:00 PM

Sex offenders can be people who got caught pissing in public.

by Anonymousreply 12November 21, 2021 11:02 PM

Oh, bullshit. No state requires a person to register on a sex offender list for a conviction of public urination.

Where do people come up with this bullshit?

by Anonymousreply 13November 21, 2021 11:04 PM

Public urination doesn't get you on the sex offender list. But "indecent exposure" or "lewd conduct" does in the same situation.

by Anonymousreply 14November 26, 2021 11:41 PM
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