Criminalized


Criminalized
Literally means to treat as a criminal. The term is used here to acknowledge that when a person is treated as a criminal it is often more relevant than what they may or may not have done that brought them in contact with the legal system. Many people are labeled as a ‘criminal’ by systems that are oppressive and unjust; that labeling is a stigmatizing process that may be more reflective of the attitude of the state towards the person than of the person’s individual attributes or actions.