Sex crime rehab under fire

Critics say supposed ‘treatment’ program is punitive Houston Chronicle: Anita Hassan and Mike Ward, January 3, 2015 ____________________________________________________________________________ Just a note: As you read this article from 2015, please think of how this compares to the current situation in Littlefield at the TCCC. If you have loved ones there, I encourage you to post repliesContinue reading “Sex crime rehab under fire”

SEX OFFENDER CIVIL COMMITMENT TOPRISON POST-KINGSLEY

Northwestern University Law Review: Arielle W. Tolman; Vol. 113, No. 1, 2018 _______________________________________________________________________ ABSTRACT—Today, an estimated 5400 people are civilly committed understate and federal sex offender programs. This Note surveys these civilcommitment regimes and finds that seventeen jurisdictions (sixteen statesand the federal government) have enacted legislative schemes that authorizethe indefinite civil detention of people chargedContinue reading “SEX OFFENDER CIVIL COMMITMENT TOPRISON POST-KINGSLEY”

Shaming the Constitution: The Detrimental Results of Sexual Violent Predator Legislation

Convicted sexually violent predators are more vilified, more subject to media misrepresentation, and more likely to be denied basic human rights than any other population. Shaming the Constitution authors Michael Perlin and Heather Cucolo question the intentions of sex offender laws, offering new approaches to this most complex (and controversial) area of law and social policy. TheContinue reading “Shaming the Constitution: The Detrimental Results of Sexual Violent Predator Legislation”

Commitment Through Fear: Mandatory Jury Trials and Substantive Due Process Violations in the Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders in Illinois

Chicago-Kent Law Review: Michael Zolfo; August 9, 2018 ———————————————————————————————————— The issue of the constitutionality of SVP programs is a difficult one,both legally and politically. Because of the nature of sex offenders andsexually violent crimes, there is little to no public advocacy for the rights ofsex offenders. Much of the public would rather risk the constitutionallibertiesContinue reading “Commitment Through Fear: Mandatory Jury Trials and Substantive Due Process Violations in the Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders in Illinois”

How Likely Is “Likely To Reoffend” in Sex Offender Civil Commitment Trials?

Law and Human Behavior: Jefferson C. Knighton and Daniel C. Murrie-University of Virginia/Marcus T. Boccaccini and Darrel B. Turner-Sam Houston State University; 2014 American Psychological Association 2014, Vol. 38, No. 3, 293–304 ————————————————————————————————————————— “Many sexually violent predator (SVP) laws are ambiguous regarding the degree of re-offense risk that would indicate that an offender is sufficientlyContinue reading “How Likely Is “Likely To Reoffend” in Sex Offender Civil Commitment Trials?”

The Dobbs Wire:  Videos! 

The videos are now online from a remarkable conference at Metro State University in St. Paul, MN, on April 8th.  An annual event devoted to mass incarceration matters, organizers made a big shift by dedicating this year’s conclave to sexual violence and the scandalous Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP).  By various measures MSOP is the worstContinue reading “The Dobbs Wire:  Videos! “

Building a Forgiving Society

VERDICT: JOSEPH MARGULIES; MAY 2, 2022  ________________________________________________________________________ I am hard at work on a new book. It begins at the end. It imagines we have created a world that is considerably more forgiving than our own. Where society has neither the right nor the inclination to treat a human being as a monster, indelibly brandedContinue reading “Building a Forgiving Society”

No Wire Hangers!

Blogpost #5 TACC-Texans Against Civil Commitment: Moosejaw72; April 18, 2022 In 1981 Faye Dunaway portrayed Joan Crawford in the movie Mommie Dearest and uttered the lines. “No wire hangers. No wire hangers, ever.” While the movie portrayed Crawford as a psychotic, abusive mother, some would argue that the movie and the book written by her adoptiveContinue reading “No Wire Hangers!”

Living in Reality: Everything I needed to Know I Learned in Prison

Purchase the book here: Living in Reality: Everything I needed to Know I Learned in Prison THIS BOOK IS NOT JUST FOR PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, IT IS FOR EVERYONE: PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND YOU WHO WONDERS, “WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON?” There is a saying in Texas that goes, “Don’t mess with Texas”.Continue reading “Living in Reality: Everything I needed to Know I Learned in Prison”