Civil Commitment of People Convicted of Sex Offenses in the United States

UCLA School of Law Williams Institute: AUTHORS Trevor Hoppe, Ilan H. Meyer, Scott De Orio, Stefan Vogler, Megan Armstrong; October 2020 _________________________________________________________________________ Twenty states, the federal government, and D.C. have laws that allow for the indefinite detention of sex offenders designated as a “Sexually Violent Person” or “Sexually Violent Predator” (SVP) beyond the term ofContinue reading “Civil Commitment of People Convicted of Sex Offenses in the United States”

Unspeakable Vice Podcast: Civil Commitment

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST: https://lnns.co/fmREkCGeZUM Some excellent researchers affiliated with with the Williams Institute at UCLA recently released a report about civil commitment in the United States as applied to those convicted of a sex offense.1 The report highlights racial and sexual orientation disparities in application, and it brings to light concernsContinue reading “Unspeakable Vice Podcast: Civil Commitment”

After He Found California’s Indefinite Detention of Sex Offenders Wasn’t Working, the State Shut Him Down and Destroyed His Research

Psychologist Jesus Padilla was forbidden to complete research that could have set many indefinitely committed people free. He died with the work unfinished. REASON: STEVEN YODER | FROM THE APRIL 2020 ISSUE ___________________________________________________ In late 2006, a public defender went before a Napa County judge to argue for his client’s freedom. Rex McCurdy, a 49-year-old man, had beenContinue reading “After He Found California’s Indefinite Detention of Sex Offenders Wasn’t Working, the State Shut Him Down and Destroyed His Research”

State Counsel for Offenders

Safeguarding the Constitution and promoting justice by providing quality legal services exclusively to indigent persons confined in Texas correctional facilities. What We Do SCFO is responsible for providing legal counsel and representation to indigent persons while they are incarcerated in the TDCJ. SCFO also provides legal representation to currently and formerly incarcerated clients facing civilContinue reading “State Counsel for Offenders”

NARSOL chair urges, “Support Moose Lake protesters and civil commitment protests.”

NARSOL: Paul Shannon; July 22, 2021 __________________________________________________ How can NARSOL support the courageous men on hunger strike at the draconian Moose Lake civil commitment facility in Minnesota? How can we show solidarity with their 70 supporters, some of whom made a car caravan around the facility several weeks ago, and who on July 18 heldContinue reading “NARSOL chair urges, “Support Moose Lake protesters and civil commitment protests.””

Social policies designed to prevent sexual violence: The Emperor’s New Clothes?

Criminal Justice Policy Review: Jill S. Levenson, Ph.D., David A. D’Amora, M.S., LPC, CFC; 2007 __________________________________________________ Abstract Sex crimes provoke fear and anger among citizens, leading to the development of social policies designed to prevent sexual violence. The most common policies passed in recent years have included sex offender registration, community notification (Megan’s Law), residence restrictions, civilContinue reading “Social policies designed to prevent sexual violence: The Emperor’s New Clothes?”

Group fights the “prison hell-hole” that is the Texas Civil Commitment Center

NARSOL: Mary Sue Molnar; July 17, 2021 _________________________________________________ Chances are that almost no one reading this has ever heard of TACC, Texans Against Civil Commitment.  This is a spin-off of Texas Voices, NARSOL’s Texas affiliate. Begun by two of their members early this year, they are now a small group whose dedicated members are doing great things toContinue reading “Group fights the “prison hell-hole” that is the Texas Civil Commitment Center”

A Detainee’s First-Hand Account During the Pandemic

Written by a Current Inmate at TCCC; July 10, 2021 ___________________________________________________ Sitting on the edge of a small town, in the middle of a dirt field lies an old prison operating under the disguise of a treatment facility. Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Texas Civil Commitment is something that so many people knowContinue reading “A Detainee’s First-Hand Account During the Pandemic”