It reads like a National Enquirer story, but sadly, it’s real life. On Monday, New York’s Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law which was passed by the Democrat-controlled Albany legislature, that replaces the word “inmate” with “incarcerated person” in the state law.

“For too long, we as a society have thought of incarcerated individuals as less than people. The use of the word ‘inmate’ further dehumanizes and demoralizes them,” state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) stated. Rivera co-sponsored the bill with Jeffrion Aubry (D-Queens).

“In New York, we’re doing everything in our power to show that justice and safety can go hand-in-hand,” Hochul said in a press release Monday. Another measure she signed into law Monday also sets sight on bail reform. The second measure helps parolees avoid additional prison time by increasing hours they can attend required community supervision programs.

Critics and conservatives argue Hochul’s policies are the reason behind the destruction of New York, which has seen shootings spike “13.4% last month alongside a 34.3% murder increase compared to July 2021.”

“Another ‘Woke’ Criminals 1st Law supported by our Governor instead of doing her job & protecting the public from rampant crime,” state Sen. Jim Tedisco (R-Schenectady) tweeted Monday afternoon.

Hochul continues to support controversial bail laws blamed for fueling rising crime, though she demands she wants “to start seeing is the implementation of those laws at all levels,” while continuing to blame judges for not leveraging current laws enough.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Suffolk) has made bail reform a top target ahead of the Nov. 8 election against Hochul. “And as far as all the inmates beating the crap out of correctional officers across New York, this pathetically weak Governor doesn’t do anything but make the job of being an officer harder as she enthusiastically puts their safety at greater risk. REPEAL the HALT Act!” Zeldin tweeted Monday in response to the new law.