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Cuomo signs bill that changes the use of the word “inmate” to “incarcerated individual”

Cuomo has approved a bill that will no longer use the word “inmate” to refer to people who are incarcerated.

The bill follows advocates concern for the word having a dehumanizing effect on people in prison.


The word “inmate” will be replaced with “incarcerated individual.”

New York has spent the last ten years reassessing the role of prisons, and the decided change is part of that.



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