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April 3, 2015

Notable nomenclature for naming the "liberty disabled"

This new piece from The Marshall Project reports on the results of an interesting inquiry about what to call those who are serving time. The piece is headlined "Inmate. Prisoner. Other. Discussed. What to call incarcerated people: Your feedback." Here is how it starts:

We received more than 200 responses to our callout asking the best way to refer to people behind bars.  Of the options we offered, 38 percent preferred “incarcerated person,” 23 percent liked “prisoner” and nearly 10 percent supported use of the word inmate. Thirty percent selected “other” (“person in prison,” “man or woman,” “the person’s name.”)

Personally, I kind of like "liberty disabled" or "unwillingly caged" or "long-term guest at the graybar hotel." Well, actually, this is best I could come up with in an effort to add some levity at the end of a long week. I welcome and encourage readers to use the comments to have some (inappropriate?) fun with this name game.

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The Freedom Challenged

Posted by: #1273989 | Apr 3, 2015 6:31:01 PM

Captive audience.

The cross bar hotel boys.

If they're good, they get to work in the laundry.

Prince of darkness. ( not so very good )

The Wall-Mart Gang.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Apr 3, 2015 9:51:49 PM

"Incarcerated Felons."

Well? Seriously.

Posted by: Eric Knight | Apr 4, 2015 2:30:04 AM

OK, sorry, it was a long week for me. I actually thought this was a movement, not an attempt at humor.

Since we're on that track, may as well get some ideas HERE.

Posted by: Eric Knight | Apr 4, 2015 3:15:43 AM

VOS's. Victims of our racist, homophobic, sexist, speciesist, whatever, Society.

Lawyer food.


Supply side entrepreneurs.

One man natural disasters.

Unlucky, since only one in 10 serious crimes is ever pursued by a prosecutor.

200 (as in 200 felonies a year if average).

The rent. or the alernative, "the kids educations."

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 4, 2015 6:17:59 AM

state-inhibited evil-doers?

Posted by: tmm | Apr 4, 2015 11:47:17 AM

I often feel like I'm "serving time." And, I'm not even "incarcerated, Lloyd!"


Posted by: Joe | Apr 4, 2015 12:41:30 PM

Highly protected and privileged lawyer client

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 4, 2015 4:08:04 PM

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