Governor Kathy Hochul signed a new bill that changes the name of an individual serving time to give them more opportunities. The Governor said they are doing everything in New York State to show “justice and safety go hand-in-hand”.
The bill will remove the term “inmate” from all sate laws and instead will use “incarcerated individual”. According to the Governor’s office the change is to remove the stigma of the phrase along with other phrases like convict, prisoner, and felon.
Removing the term, the governors office says will not only provide more opportunities but also dignity and respect plus a second chance.