April 25, 2012

Re-Incarceration and Reincarnation

I consistently read the word re-incarceration as reincarnation. This is probably due to the fact that I have spent far more of my time learning about Hinduism than adult criminal justice.

In the juvenile justice world, the word incarceration often falls way to the word commitment. The adult and juvenile systems are different. The juvenile justice system is meant to focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment and the difference in language from the adult criminal system is meant to mark the system differences. Adults are incarcerated and kids are committed. But, for the most part, in the US right now, a juvenile commitment facility is still very much a prison. Using the word incarceration to refer to commitment serves as a reality-check that these kids are in prison. I appreciate these use of both words in reference to juvenile lock-up for those reasons.

I'm a word person. I'm a word person who reads re-incarceration as reincarnation, and that says so much more about me than I ever could have intended.

All this to say: There are changes coming. I'll fill you in next week.


  1. just so you know: i'm still following, i've just been horrible at commenting on the blogs i read lately. sigh.
    i love love love the blog make-over by the way. it is so gorgeous.

    1. Yay, thanks for saying hi, Suzy! I love love love that you are still following. Alivia is pretty much a blog design magic-maker (and so are you)!

  2. I hope that they are good changes, Emily! And I can't wait to hear all about them :)
    <3 Kiersten