A language guide was created by the Underground Scholars at UC Berkeley with a focus on person-centered language that is considerate and respectful when discussing the formerly incarcerated community: Click here to access this information!
The Marshall Project has created their own Language Project which serves three purposes:
First, through a series of powerful pieces by and about people with intimate experience with incarceration, we show the human impact of the words we choose. Second, our guide, “What Words We Use — and Avoid — When Covering People and Incarceration,” makes public our decision to avoid labels such as “inmate,” in favor of language that follows the logic of “person-first” language. Third, we provide alternatives to the labels.
My Reentry Roadmap