Orwell lives! We have seen it before with the Obama administration, which gave such delightful euphemisms as man-caused disaster for “act of terrorism” and undocumented worker for “illegal alien” — a term extended to those without jobs.
Now, Team Obama has outdone itself. On Monday the Office of Public Affairs of the Department of Justice came out with a memo unveiling the latest neologism. Gone is the hurtful term juvenile delinquent and even the more benign-sounding youth offender.
Say hello to the era of the justice-involved youth. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is quoted as saying at a joint news conference in Philadelphia with HUD Secretary Julián Castro:
The future of our nation depends upon the future of our young people – 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. [Emphasis added]
This usage could create some confusion when it comes to distinguishing between kids who steal hubcaps for fun and those involved in programs sponsored by the Police Athletic League.