Illinois Lawmakers Seek To Call Criminals ‘Justice-Impacted Individuals’ Instead Of ‘Offenders’

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Illinois lawmakers are pushing to change the term “offender” to “justice-impacted individual” when discussing those convicted of a crime in an ongoing effort to update language in state law. Proposed House Bill 4409 has elicited sharp disagreements between Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature.

During a Wednesday hearing, Republican State Sen. Terri Bryant criticized the proposed change, pointing to the amount of taxpayer money spent when government agencies have to alter language, according to The Center Square.

“Over and over again, we keep changing the name of how we are referring to those who have entered into criminal activity, and each time we make that change, each agency has to make that change on every one of their documents,” the lawmaker argued. “Right now in the Department of Corrections, there’s multiple changes that have been made, and it’s costing thousands and thousands of dollars just to do a name …

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