Second Circuit To Feds: Don’t Touch His Junk

ABOVE THE LAW: Oct 4, 2013 at 3:29 PM, David Lat ___________________________________________________ What exactly is “penile plethysmography”? A violation of substantive due process, according to the Second Circuit. You don’t often see federal courts striking down conditions of supervised release as violations of substantive due process. But you don’t often see the federal government wanting to hookContinue reading “Second Circuit To Feds: Don’t Touch His Junk”

What is Access to Justice?

SOURCE: The Texas Access to Justice Commission https://texasatj.org/ “Equal justice under law is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building; it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists. It is fundamental that justice should beContinue reading “What is Access to Justice?”

Minnesota sex offenders sue over religious restrictions during pandemic (VIDEO)

By Kirsten Swanson More than a dozen men in Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program are suing the state’s human services department, alleging the agency has banned the practice of religious gatherings for more than six months in the wake of COVID-19. Attorney Erick Kaardal, who filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of 15 clients, said theContinue reading “Minnesota sex offenders sue over religious restrictions during pandemic (VIDEO)”

“The specifics of the Littlefield story should horrify the community”

TODO Austin: April 5, 2018, Cate Graziani, Grassroots Leadership ___________________________________________________ “ I hate to say we told you so. In this case, I really, really hate it. An exposé in the Texas Observer in the month of February confirmed everything we feared about the Treatment Industrial Complex (TIC), a term we use to describe private prison companies’ scheme to expand their revenue byContinue reading ““The specifics of the Littlefield story should horrify the community””

Due Process – Civil Commitment

DueProcessTV: Aired February 25, 2017, Hosted by Sandra King On Part II of our series on the tragedy of wrongful rape convictions, Rodney reveals the truth about civil commitment – and the 10 years he lost to it. Joining him in the Rutgers Law moot courtroom: Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon, director of Seton Hall Law School’sContinue reading “Due Process – Civil Commitment”

LOCKED UP FOREVER

VICE: April 12, 2016, 11:00pm, Aviva Stahl “Civil commitment raises a host of legal and ethical issues. Lawyers contest its constitutionality. Treatments tend to focus on how detainees should manage or change their “deviant” tendencies rather than advancing a more holistic approach to rehabilitation, an approach some experts say is ineffective and inhumane. But forContinue reading “LOCKED UP FOREVER”

New Report Finds — Surprise — Indigent Defense Attorneys Shouldn’t be Under the Control of the State Prison System

Texas Observer: Jan. 11, 2018, by Michael Barajas ___________________________________________________ The Texas prison system controls an agency tasked with defending poor inmates accused of crimes inside Texas prisons. What could possibly go wrong? A new report by a committee of the State Bar of Texas aims to draw attention to a glaringly obvious conflict of interestContinue reading “New Report Finds — Surprise — Indigent Defense Attorneys Shouldn’t be Under the Control of the State Prison System”

“PUNISHMENT RATHER THAN TREATMENT”

Mental Health America; adopted December 5, 2015, Position Statement 55 ___________________________________________________ Position Statement 55: Confining Sexual Predators In The Mental Health System CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUES “At least twenty states [1] and the Federal government [2] have passed various versions of what has come to be called “sexual predator” legislation.  These laws provide for indefinite involuntary commitment of people whoContinue reading ““PUNISHMENT RATHER THAN TREATMENT””

A Prison by Any Other Name

by Maya Schenwar  (Author), Victoria Law  (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword)  SOURCE: https://www.amazon.com/Prison-Any-Other-Name-Consequences-ebook/dp/B07VPL283N#:~:text=In%20Prison%20by%20Any%20Other,status%20quo%20when%20pursuing%20change. A crucial indictment of widely embraced “alternatives to incarceration” that exposes how many of these new approaches actually widen the net of punishment and surveillance “But what does it mean—really—to celebrate reforms that convert your home into your prison?”—Michelle Alexander, from the foreword Electronic monitoring. Locked-down drug treatment centers.Continue reading “A Prison by Any Other Name”