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Effective Immediately

In our ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of respect, empathy, and positive transformation within our organization, I am announcing a significant change in our terminology. Effective immediately, we will transition from using the term "inmate" to referring to individuals as "residents" or "those within our care." The power of language is profound; it shapes our perceptions, influences our actions, and ultimately defines our culture. The use of person-first language is integral to our mission of creating an environment that values the inherent humanity of each person in our care. It is essential to see those within our care as individuals first, rather than being defined solely by their current circumstances.

Rethinking the Term "Inmate"

Effective immediately, we will transition from using the term "inmate" to referring to individuals as "residents" or "those within our care." The power of language is profound; it shapes our perceptions, influences our actions, and ultimately defines our culture. The use of person-first language is integral to our mission of creating an environment that values the inherent humanity of each person in our care. It is essential to see those within our care as individuals first, rather than being defined solely by their current circumstances.

Rethinking the Term "Inmate": The term "inmate" has long been associated with dehumanization, reinforcing a sense of separation and detachment, creating a division that can enable others to treat individuals less than humanely. This shift is not just about words; it is a commitment to recognizing and affirming the humanity of those within our facility. By adopting language that acknowledges their status as residents or those within our care, we aim to create an atmosphere that emphasizes empathy, understanding, and the shared responsibility we bear for their well-being. 

Lessons from History: Throughout history, the labeling of groups has been a powerful force, contributing to environments rich for abuse and justification of heinous acts. The use of dehumanizing language played a role in marginalizing entire communities, fostering an atmosphere where discrimination and cruelty thrived. We acknowledge that the power of language extends beyond communication; it shapes perceptions and influences actions.

Building Empathy and Understanding: By adopting person-first language, we aim to break away from historical patterns of dehumanization and build a culture of empathy, understanding, and shared responsibility. This change aligns with our broader mission to positively impact the lives of all individuals within our facility and, by extension, promote a safer, healthier community. 

Questions or concerns are welcomed, and together, we will foster an atmosphere that reflects our dedication to justice, dignity, and the well-being of those within our care.

Thank you for your dedication to our shared mission in creating an environment that values the humanity of those within our care.

 

Sincerely,

Brandi C Garner

Chief Executive Officer

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