Tackling stigma and discrimination

  • In order to create an enabling environment for reintegration and reduce stigmatization, educating society and public opinion is necessary to create social awareness and try to break barriers around ex offenders (prejudices).
  • It is important to make a clear distinction between the act and the individual, stigmatising the action, but not the person.
  • It is also best to use neutral terminology in describing the ex-offender and to separate –also with words – his/her past identity from his/her new one.
  • Often inmates experience self stigmatization, and perceive themselves according to how they think they are viewed and treated by government and the other stakeholders who interact with them during the detention and post-release period.