The transition from a corrections facility back into a home and community life is hard…for the homes and communities these people are going back to. The Securus Foundation coordinates campaigns to help change communities’ minds about justice-involved people who are trying to build a new life.
Here are the focused campaigns we manage to help communities change an attitude of fear into an attitude of forgiveness and gratitude.
Language is the building block of thoughts. You don’t truly understand a concept, an emotion or an idea until you put a word to it. Then that word takes on meaning. Experiences get attached to it. Biases get attached to it. The word can become so burdened with everything it represents that the word then takes on a whole new meaning.
That’s why we are working to change the language around justice-involved persons. They are not a crime. For example, calling someone an “ex-offender” is still calling them an offender…a screw-up…a person who is only capable of offending. That’s a lot different from a “reformed person.” Because offenders are “bad” in the general public’s opinion, but reformed people are “inspiring”.
The goal of this campaign is to bring awareness to the negative impact of using dehumanizing language, educate the community on alternative words they can use, and inspire businesses, politicians, media outlets and everyday people to take the pledge to commit to discontinue the use of dehumanizing language.