To maintain ‘dignity’ of criminals while in jail, sheriff will call inmates ‘residents’

To maintain ‘dignity’ of criminals while in jail, sheriff will call inmates ‘residents’

[Ed. – Because ordinarily they’re so dignified.]

Wisconsin prison will now refer to its offenders as  ‘residents’ to ‘humanize and respect’ them.

Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett said staff at the Dane County Jail in Madison will no longer refer to those in jail as ‘inmates’ and will instead address them as ‘residents’ or ‘those within our care,’ the sheriff announced Monday.

After speaking with sheriff’s deputies and other staff members, in addition to those incarcerated, Barrett said he arrived at the decision over his last nearly 100 days as sheriff.

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‘As we serve, we want to maintain dignity and respect for all who are involved in our criminal justice system,’ Barrett said. ‘We will no longer refer to our incarcerated community members as ‘inmates’. Their new title will be ‘resident(s)’ or ‘those within our care.’

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