An alert reader points out that PC has reached a new high — or low, depending on one’s perspective.
The Washington State Department of Corrections has sent a memo stating that the word “offender” is offensive and should not be used in reference to an inmate, a word that was abandoned several years ago in favor of offender. No reason given.
The memo told staff to “replace it with ‘individuals’ or other applicable terms such as ‘student’ or ‘patient’ where/when appropriate.”
The memo adds, “This is an opportunity to help others define themselves not for their criminal behavior, but for their future role in their communities.”
If one identifies as innocent, mustn’t the government treat one as innocent?