Sheriff Will No Longer Call Prisoners Inmates But Rather ‘Residents’ To Humanize Rapists & Killers


MADISON, Wis. (WMTV/Gray News) – The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is eliminating the term “inmate” from its official vocabulary.

Sheriff Kalvin Barrett announced the move Monday, explaining the change is designed to “maintain the dignity and respect for all who are involved in our criminal justice system,” WMTV-TV reported.

Going forward, people who are incarcerated in Dane County will now be referred to as “residents” or “those who are in our care.”

“I view this change in name as a way to humanize those who are within our care,” he said.

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