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”

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”

MINNESOTA’S SEX OFFENDER COMMITMENT PROGRAM: WOULD AN EMPIRICALLY-BASED PREVENTION POLICY BE MORE EFFECTIVE?

William Mitchell Law Review: Eric Janus; March 27, 2003 11:39 PM ___________________________________________________ Minnesota’s sex offender commitment laws arise from a compelling purpose: the prevention of sexual violence. Yet, I will argue in this short essay that there is strong evidence that these laws are poor public policy. When confronted with the problem of sexual violence, the Minnesota Legislature asked the wrong question,Continue reading “MINNESOTA’S SEX OFFENDER COMMITMENT PROGRAM: WOULD AN EMPIRICALLY-BASED PREVENTION POLICY BE MORE EFFECTIVE?”

Hunger strike takes toll on detainees at Minnesota treatment center for sex offenders

Star Tribune | By Chris Serres; July 12, 2021 5:22 PM ____________________________________________________ Three detainees have been hospitalized since the strike began a week ago.  Family members of detainees at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) gathered on Sunday near the treatment center in Moose Lake. Carlos Taylor comforted his relative, Tara Sam, who just learnedContinue reading “Hunger strike takes toll on detainees at Minnesota treatment center for sex offenders”