The Board of Supervisors of San Francisco proposes to establish a new, softer language to refer to criminals and drug addicts in the city.
In the midst of one of the worst crises of crime, drug addiction, and homelessness that plague the city governed by the Democratic mayor London Breed, the Board proposes to replace certain terms, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The nonbinding resolution passed in July states that some terms used at the national level must be replaced by other terms. Here are a few examples:
A convicted felon would be called a “formerly incarcerated person,” “justice-involved” person, or simply a “returning resident.”
Drug addicts would become “a person with a history of substance use.”
A juvenile delinquent will become a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”
Parolees would be known as “person under supervision.”
In line with this resolution, which has not yet been officially adopted given its non-binding status, the so-called Safe Schools and Neighborhoods Act was passed in California in 2014 which radically reduced enforcement and penalties for a variety of nonviolent crimes such as public defecation and other “lifestyle” related crimes.
The crisis situation in California has advanced to such an extent that several beaches on the coast are contaminated with fecal bacteria well above the minimum health standards required for bathing.
California, governed by Democrat Gavin Newsom, has had a strict sanctuary state policy in place since 2014, which means that public employees, including police, are prohibited from collaborating with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, known as ICE.
According to Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) statistics provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, during nine months in 2017 142 gang members, whom ICE intended to deport, were released by local police under “sanctuary city” regulations, rather than being transferred to ICE custody.
Fifteen of the foreigners were MS-13 gang members and 127 were members of other gangs.
Confirming this data, the resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recognizes that 1 out of 5 California residents has a criminal record.
Police spokesman David Stevenson told the San Francisco Chronicle that the department has “made our members aware of the resolution and are researching possible impacts on operations and communications.”