Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 5

The Next System Project: Toshio Meronek and Erica R. Meiners; November 10, 2017 A key component of the current system is its reliance on imprisonment as a response to behaviors and populations which are understood as sources of actual or potential harm. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, this carceral response seems to multiply and perpetuate harm rather thanContinue reading “Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 5”

Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 4

The Next System Project: Toshio Meronek and Erica R. Meiners; November 10, 2017 A key component of the current system is its reliance on imprisonment as a response to behaviors and populations which are understood as sources of actual or potential harm. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, this carceral response seems to multiply and perpetuate harm rather thanContinue reading “Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 4”

Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 3

The Next System Project: Toshio Meronek and Erica R. Meiners; November 10, 2017 A key component of the current system is its reliance on imprisonment as a response to behaviors and populations which are understood as sources of actual or potential harm. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, this carceral response seems to multiply and perpetuate harm rather thanContinue reading “Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 3”

Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 2

The Next System Project: Toshio Meronek and Erica R. Meiners; November 10, 2017 A key component of the current system is its reliance on imprisonment as a response to behaviors and populations which are understood as sources of actual or potential harm. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, this carceral response seems to multiply and perpetuate harm rather thanContinue reading “Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 2”

Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 1

The Next System Project: Toshio Meronek and Erica R. Meiners; November 10, 2017 A key component of the current system is its reliance on imprisonment as a response to behaviors and populations which are understood as sources of actual or potential harm. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, this carceral response seems to multiply and perpetuate harm rather thanContinue reading “Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment: PART 1”

Gerard Matzen v. Marsha McLane, Director of the Texas Civil Commitment Office (9.29.2021)

The issues are (1) whether the appeals court erred by finding the governing board of the Texas Civil Commitment Office, the agency responsible for treatment of sexually violent predator, has rulemaking authority; (2) whether the appeals court erred by finding Matzen’s claims barred by sovereign immunity; (3) whether the appeals court erred by finding McLane’sContinue reading “Gerard Matzen v. Marsha McLane, Director of the Texas Civil Commitment Office (9.29.2021)”

What To Do With Violent Sex Offenders

The Supreme Court considers whether “civil commitment” is just prison by another name. The Marshall Project: Maurice Chammah; 09/24/2017 ________________________________________________________________________ If someone finishes a prison sentence for a violent sexual crime, but might still be dangerous, should he be released? How do you know if he’s dangerous? And when does it violate his rights toContinue reading “What To Do With Violent Sex Offenders”

Dear Families and Friends,

I looked for a poem that was just right; To support the men and families last night. Men have paid their societal debt; Have been locked up long enough for regret. Yet those in power of this State, Hide behind the prison industrial scheme, Making others pay long after their release date, Because they claimContinue reading “Dear Families and Friends,”