Obama Admin: Juvenile Delinquents Now Called 'Justice-Involved Youth'
The Obama administration is moving away from the term "juvenile delinquent," instead referring to minors who've been arrested as "justice-involved youth."
The apparent shift by the administration comes as President Obama pushes for reforms in the criminal justice system.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch used the term in a press release this week on a juvenile re-entry assistance program.
Through the Juvenile Re-entry Assistance Program (JRAP), DOJ and HUD are working collaboratively to help individuals that have paid their debt to society rehabilitate and reintegrate back into their communities. This program specifically excludes those who are convicted of making methamphetamine drugs, sex offenses or domestic violence.
"The Department of Justice is committed to giving justice-involved youth the tools they need to become productive members of society," said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. "Providing meaningful support through housing opportunities, prevention programs and other critical services is vital to our ongoing efforts to reduce recidivism, promote public safety and foster positive results in communities across the country."
The language change did not go unnoticed by conservatives on social media, including actor James Woods.
Whenever liberals slink behind metaphors, you know they're covering up some lie: "justice-involved youth" is the latest load of crap.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 6, 2015
Obama has recently argued for federal employers to "ban the box," meaning stop asking prospective employees about their past criminal record on a job application.
The president said that a criminal record should not be ignored, but disclosed later in the interviewing process to give a people a chance to "make their case."
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