On Monday, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $1.75 million in grants to help younger convicted criminals find work and housing upon their release. In that announcement, the DOJ’s spinmeisters coined a new term for these ex-cons:
The grants are being extended to “address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home.”
Prior to the DOJ letter, we would have assumed the term “justice-involved individuals” referred to law-enforcement personnel, or attorneys and judges in the criminal justice system. This confusing nomenclature is part of an overall effort to mask criminal records of those under 24 from potential employers and public housing providers. Continued use of such tortured language by government bureaucrats is one reason why a Pew Research poll shows only 19 percent of Americans trust the government to do what is right.