Wisconsin’s Dane County Jail will be initiating an effort to refer to inmates as “residents”, to avoid dehumanization. As Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barett states, the decision hinges on the theory that, “How one views themselves matters.”
Dane County Supervisor Sheila Stubbs states, “Changing the name of inmate to resident gives them a sense of belonging.”
As Wisconsin’s Dane County Jail implements this policy, many jails around the country are doing the same.
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