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Philadelphia's ex-offenders to get a gentler name
philly.com ^ | October 24, 2013 | Chris Palmer

Posted on 10/24/2013 8:55:38 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

The hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians who have served time in prison will no longer be referred to as "ex-offenders" in official city language, the mayor's office announced Thursday. Instead, an ordinance will be introduced to call them "returning citizens."

In a statement, Mayor Nutter said that the new term emphasizes reintegration, while " 'ex-offender' carries with it a stigma which may increase the challenges these citizens face."

While the ordinance, to be introduced by Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr., awaits approval, the mayor has already issued an executive order making it city policy to use "returning citizen" on all written material from the city.

The order also renamed the Office of Re-integration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE) to the Office of Re-integration Services. The acronym, however, will remain the same.

RISE executive director Bill Hart said he estimates the city is home to more than 200,000 "returning citizens," but that an exact number is difficult to pinpoint due to a high recidivism rate.

He hopes the new term will have a "cognitive effect" on those returning from prison.

A more positive label, he said, demonstrates that "you can be successful and make that reintegration in the world."


TOPICS: US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: michaelnutter

1 posted on 10/24/2013 8:55:38 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Convicted works for me.


2 posted on 10/24/2013 8:56:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Not satire?!


3 posted on 10/24/2013 8:57:22 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Impeach We Much!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I swear my head is gonna explode...

What’s next? A Parade to welcome them home? Ice cream cake, and the choice of which Bank they may rob in the future should the “need” arise?

Sweet Jesus, what is WRONG with people?


4 posted on 10/24/2013 8:57:42 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Paladin2

How about recidivist.

That is probably the most accurate.......


5 posted on 10/24/2013 8:58:33 PM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Mayor Nutter is aptly named.


6 posted on 10/24/2013 8:59:15 PM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

How about Ex Con?


7 posted on 10/24/2013 8:59:16 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
While the ordinance, to be introduced by Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr., awaits approval...

The same idiot who ordered the firebombing of a whole city block in the '80s?

8 posted on 10/24/2013 8:59:18 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Impeach We Much!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“Returning citizens”. ROTFLMAO! That’s funny! I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there. I wish we could call raisins Geezer Grapes but I guess we’d need an ordinance passed by the flatulence crowd.


9 posted on 10/24/2013 9:00:05 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare should have been tested on politicians before being released to the public!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’ve got an idea.

If you don’t want to be called an ex-offender just don’t offend.

Works for me.

.


10 posted on 10/24/2013 9:03:44 PM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art of being easily offended.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Yeah...And we can celebrate with ice cream and cake, like a birthday party!


11 posted on 10/24/2013 9:03:58 PM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Parole Board chairman: They've got a name for people like you H.I. That name is called "recidivism."
Parole Board member: REPEAT OFFENDER!
Parole Board chairman: Not a pretty name, is it H.I.?
H.I.: No, sir. That's one bonehead name, but that ain't me any more.

Parole Board chairman: You're not just telling us what we want to hear?
H.I.: No, sir, no way.

Parole Board member: 'Cause we just want to hear the truth.
H.I.: Well, then I guess I am telling you what you want to hear.

Parole Board chairman: Boy, didn't we just tell you not to do that?
H.I.: Yes, sir.

Parole Board chairman: Okay, then.
-Raising Arizona (1987)
12 posted on 10/24/2013 9:04:33 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: volunbeer
True...

0bamasan.

13 posted on 10/24/2013 9:04:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rfp1234

He’s a chip off the old block.


14 posted on 10/24/2013 9:04:48 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I think we have a new name for the Redskins!


15 posted on 10/24/2013 9:08:09 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Tailgunner Joe
What ??? No cookies and milk at bed time - and a reading of Goodnight Moon, too ???
16 posted on 10/24/2013 9:15:43 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Why don’t they just trade names with the Washington Redskins?
It even sounds right: the Washington Ex-offenders.
The goo-goos are happy and the ex-cons get cool names.


17 posted on 10/24/2013 9:16:09 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Be accurate and call them future ObamaCare Navigators
18 posted on 10/24/2013 9:17:35 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: rfp1234

That was daddy.


19 posted on 10/24/2013 9:19:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"RISE executive director Bill Hart said he estimates the city is home to more than 200,000 "returning citizens," but that an exact number is difficult to pinpoint due to a high recidivism rate."

Guess they don't wanna return.

20 posted on 10/24/2013 9:22:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SandRat

When all is said, done then overdone, people will learn the new and improved title means what it will always mean; Ex-Con.


21 posted on 10/24/2013 9:22:22 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Brilliant.

0bama is a “returning citizen” from Indonesia.


22 posted on 10/24/2013 9:25:17 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Mayor Nutcase,

Please keep your ex-cons safely ensconced in your city. It they venture to my environs to restart their lives of crime, they’ll most certainly become ‘returning citizens’, as I’ll send them back COD and nicely packaged for burial.


23 posted on 10/24/2013 9:28:53 PM PDT by GreyHoundSailor
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To: lee martell

if a person is ex then no matter how hard they try and succeed they should forever be ex

EX empt from scorn from taxes from derision from laws

i would like to see all the people who can walk on water get on here and TESTIFY


24 posted on 10/24/2013 9:32:56 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Tailgunner Joe

real story could be from the onion. good grief.


25 posted on 10/24/2013 9:33:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I would never dream of offending anyone with the term “ex-offender”. “Jailbird” has such a nice, retro ring to it.


26 posted on 10/24/2013 9:34:05 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Tailgunner Joe
He hopes the new term will have a "cognitive effect" on those returning from prison.

Well, why didn't they say so sooner? If cognitive dissonance is what they're going for, then we need an even more heroic-sounding name.

How about "Surviving Champions?

27 posted on 10/24/2013 9:34:22 PM PDT by stormhill (Guns Save Lives!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
So when they are re-convicted and are being transported back to prison, what are they then?
28 posted on 10/24/2013 9:36:28 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Political correctness just shows a complete ignorance of how language works. It’s not the word that makes people think of something as “bad,” it’s what the word represents. And as soon as people learn that your new word represents the same thing, that word starts “sounding” just as bad.


29 posted on 10/24/2013 9:38:20 PM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Shadowstrike
Sweet Jesus, what is WRONG with people?

You asked the right party the right question!

And some of what's wrong is with traditional, but worldly, conservatives.

No this does not amount to a cheering of what they did or an excuse to do more of it. That's a lie. However your objection itself reflects a minimization of the work of God. Oddly enough it's probably a move in the right direction... but to really give it impetus, the gospel needs to be brought to bear here.

30 posted on 10/24/2013 9:39:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: JediJones
Oddly enough, I see an opening here for a gospel world view to get a foot hold.

God does not redeem museum saints; God redeems sinners and sometimes they are pretty rank sinners before the work commences.

And no, the work of redemption isn't even theirs! It's that of SWEET JESUS, on the Cross.

Now where they take their lives from THAT point is another question. If they misbehave God chastises them. Sometimes harshly if need be. Because God is determined that they never be lost again.

Anyhow this can be echoed in miniature on this mortal coil. However to really be a good thing, it needs to be a genuine gospel of turning back to a genuine God to receive genuine grace. Not some synthi-gospel about living up to the approval of men.

31 posted on 10/24/2013 9:44:41 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

well the reverse would be departing citizens


32 posted on 10/24/2013 9:46:39 PM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

Fair enough... or call them temporary exilees???


33 posted on 10/24/2013 9:47:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: bigheadfred

I haven’t walked on water but my best friend did.

Anyhow. Let’s take a Jesus chill pill and look calmly for where the blessing of the gospel might be expressed better. Then do it.


34 posted on 10/24/2013 9:50:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; P.O.E.
Ping for the Nutter's City getting nuttier!
35 posted on 10/24/2013 10:35:22 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

At first I thought they were renaming sex offenders.


36 posted on 10/24/2013 10:52:58 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless Americad)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Definitely Satire.
Mayor Nutter?
Councilman Goode?
37 posted on 10/24/2013 11:08:03 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: Shadowstrike

Well you are close, Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Corrections is run by a bunch of clowns. They want the crooks to be treated better to the law abiding citizens. There is no deterrant in the state system. While those who abide by the laws are working to make ends meet. The crooks are eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, watching TV on their flat screens and playing games from 8:30 AM til 8:30 PM and getting free medical and dental and buying Girl Scout cookies. This is the tip of the iceberg. Those at Central Office are so far out of touch with reality they went to europe to look at prison systems instead of meeting with the staff of their own prison system to see how to fix the problem. The problem is not those that work on the blocks and have to provide the real security, it is the those who sit around and create this treatment mentality. Instead of letting the CO’s do their jobs. The management makes it hard for us to follow the policies that are in writing at all costs.


38 posted on 10/24/2013 11:52:25 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“returning citizen”

A man or woman coming home from a tour in Iraq or Afghanistan is a returning citizen. These guys are ex-cons.


39 posted on 10/25/2013 12:23:45 AM PDT by DemforBush (Of all the Thompson gunners, Roland was the best.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; All

Criminals a more accurate term. Most will be back in jail very soon after release


40 posted on 10/25/2013 1:03:04 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Fact Is: GOPe want ObamaCare.)
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To: brityank; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; ...
PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

Thanks brityank for the heads up

41 posted on 10/25/2013 2:17:31 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: rfp1234

“The same idiot who ordered the firebombing of a whole city block in the ‘80s?”

If you are referring to the bombing of the MOVE headquarters bombing, that was a work of art. Because it was ordered by a black man, the story never got the attention it merited.

BTW, MOVE didn’t shoot any more cops after that...


42 posted on 10/25/2013 4:13:03 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Good posts.

Some of our FRiends might do well to read a little book called “Justice That Restores” by Chuck Colson - an “ex-con”, stanch conservative, and prison preacher. He changed my outlook on criminal justice by pointing me to Biblical principles.


43 posted on 10/25/2013 4:15:40 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Smart political move. It’s easier for democrat politicians in Philly to win reelection if they are called “returning citizens” instead of “ex offenders”.


44 posted on 10/25/2013 6:58:25 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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