Illinois Democrats Demand Term ‘Offender’ Changed to ‘Justice-Impacted Individual’

Democrats in Illinois are pushing to change state law so convicted criminals can be referred to in terms that are less “offensive.”

Far-left Illinois lawmakers are hoping to change a 2009 bill to reclassify the term used for criminals.

Fox News reported on Wednesday that House Bill 4409 is being sponsored by several Democrats.

The bill seeks to amend the Illinois Crime Reduction Act’s references to remove the term “offenders” to describe convicted criminals.

Instead, Democrats want convicts to be called “justice-impacted individuals.”

“It would also add members to the Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board from the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Sangamon and Cook County Adult Probation departments, as well as two members who have personal experience with the Adult Redeploy Illinois system,” the Fox report notes.

Why Democrats are so concerned with crooks’ feelings being hurt, isn’t immediately clear, however.

The move comes as Illinois remains under the leadership of Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Pritzker won reelection in 2022.

Pritzker has long been criticized for his soft-on-crime policies.

In September, Illinois became the first state in the nation to eliminate cash bail.

Since then, crime has soared even further out of control in the state, especially in Chicago.

In a statement regarding the effort to reclassify “offenders” as “justice-impacted individuals,” Republican state Sen. Steve McClure said:

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“There seems to be this rush to take away all accountability for people who commit crimes.”

“If a person is going to get on the right path, they have to know they did something wrong,” McClure added, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

“This apologizing for the criminal, the person who chooses to commit crimes to the detriment of our victims, the people who don’t choose to be victims of crimes, is absolutely incredible.”

The Fox report added:

“The legislation is being sponsored by Democratic Illinois State Reps. Kelly M. Cassidy and Lindsey LaPointe and Democratic State Sens. Robert Peters, Mike Simmons and Adriane Johnson.”

The legislation passed the state House and Senate earlier this week, according to WGN News.


The possible change would apply to approximately 1800 offenders in Illinois.

In response to the bill, McClure also said:

“Change this, change that.

“The only thing that you don’t want to change is the behavior of criminals.

“And guess who’s paying for that right now?

“Victims all across this state.

“I urge a no vote.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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