Just Future Project: the JFP Team; April 1, 2022
Real talk from a former staffer at Virginia’s Shadow Prison | “sex offender civil commitment” should be abolished
Proponents call these laws “sex offender civil commitment” — but the people who know them best describe them as shadow prisons. In this disturbing look from an insider, we hear first-hand why Virginia’s so-called “sex offender civil commitment” facility is a shadow prison, and should be abolished.
This place is inhumane. [The author is a former staff member at the Virginia Shadow Prison, the so-called “Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation” (VCBR). The former staff member is describing lived experience at this facility in this story.]
Flagrant abuse of discretion by staff
If you ask for help — or be asking for assistance — and you need see someone to step in? They write you up.
If you disagree with anything? They right bogus reports, and won’t move you to the next phase [of treatment — meaning you effectively get imprisoned at the ‘not-a-prison’ prison longer].
If family sends you money? They tell you “better leave a certain amount on the books or [we] will knock you back.”
They don’t like your opinions — and they don’t have to be rude or sexual [opinions]? [The fake therapists] will knock you back.
The [so-called] “investigators” have lied on reports and put people’s addresses on them — and they get read in front of residents [i.e. other shadow prisoners]….This is wrong and they do it anyway!
Chutes & Ladders
You can do all ‘the work’ and ace all your ‘classes,’ [but] if the therapist don’t like you they will make shore you stay another year until they see fit [to release you]….
The definition of “sex offender civil commitment?” A prison with a treatment sign out front
This is not real “treatment.” [When it’s so obvious to me,] I can’t see why the [Virginia] AG [Office of the Attorney General] can’t see this. [At Virginia’s shadow prison,] they don’t even go by their own rules. They [also] write untrue reports and nothing is done!
They nurses watch[ed] a man beg for help when he was sick and they told him wait till the next shift and he was laying on floor about to die!
Back to these reports: when a resident [shadow prisoner] proves to you that the “observation note” wasn’t true? It still sticks…. Why do that to someone? [People living behind the walls at these facilities think of themselves as “shadow prisoners” — a term coined by advocate and Soros Justice Fellow Galen Baughman.]
They serve[d] time for their mistakes [in fact, every shadow prisoner has already completed their sentence, and repaid their debt to society]. [As a result, I want to know] where do they get [the] right [to] inflict more punishment? People have had mail open up with residents [read shadow prisoners] not standing in front of them. The “investigators” are known to do that. SSTTs [so-called Safety Security Treatment Technicians, aka shadow prison guards] never got the COVID pay. They was at [the] bottom of the list!
Want a promotion? F*ck someone up inside “sex offender civil commitment” facility
I can go on and on about this place [Virginia’s Shadow Prison, the so-called “Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation“]…. You also have to f*ck someone to move up in a job position [e.g. get promoted] — and [the so-called] “investigators” are not qualified to work there (check their backgrounds)!
The investigators knows a lot [of] black women work there. And yet her comment [to black female staff] was: “If you come here with hair done pass your back, I will suspect you messing with a ‘resident.’” That’s discrimination. But they let it go on [regardless]!!!
This is unbelievable. [As a result,] I had to leave there [the administrator has redacted information that might reveal this former staff person’s identity]. The [Office of State Inspector General (OSIG) and Virginia General Assembly] needs to look into this ASAP.