Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay (Ep. 208)

FREAKONOMICS RADIO: by Stephen J. Dubner Produced by: Suzie Lechtenberg; June 10, 2015 @ 11:00pm _______________________________________________________________________ Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes creditsContinue reading “Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay (Ep. 208)”

What will it take for media to show integrity in reporting about sexual crime?

NARSOL: by Sandy; August 27, 2021 ________________________________________________________________________ We are used to law enforcement, district attorneys, legislators, and even judges making statements that amount to lies. In an opinion he wrote, a Colorado justice said, “Study after study has shown that sex offenders have one of the highest likelihoods of reoffending once they are released from custody.”Continue reading “What will it take for media to show integrity in reporting about sexual crime?”

Opinion: How the language of criminal justice inflicts lasting harm

Washington Post: DeAnna Hoskins and Zoë Towns; August 25, 2021 at 5:39 p.m. EDT __________________________________________________________________________ DeAnna Hoskins is president of JustLeadershipUSA. Zoë Towns is vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at These days there is more reporting on the harms of mass incarceration and mass criminalization than ever before. More journalists are on these beats. Stories about conditions in police stations, jails and prisons are gettingContinue reading “Opinion: How the language of criminal justice inflicts lasting harm”

Watch the film UNTOUCHABLE

When the most powerful lobbyist in Florida discovers that the nanny has sexually abused his daughter, he harnesses his extraordinary political power to pass the toughest sex offender laws in the nation. UNTOUCHABLE chronicles his crusade, and its impact on the lives of several of the 800,000 people forced to live under the kinds ofContinue reading “Watch the film UNTOUCHABLE”

Sexually violent predator laws: psychiatry in service to a morally dubious enterprise

THE LANCET: Prof. Eric S Janus; Published December, 2004 _____________________________________________________________________ Instead of being released at the end of their prison sentences, sex offenders in the USA who are judged mentally disordered and dangerous are being confined in secure “treatment facilities” for indeterminate terms. This novel and aggressive legislative tactic—embodied in US sexually violent predator (SVP)Continue reading “Sexually violent predator laws: psychiatry in service to a morally dubious enterprise”

S.B. No. 906

AN ACT relating to the civil commitment of sexually violent predators.        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:        SECTION 1.  Article 62.055, Code of Criminal Procedure, is amended by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (j) to read as follows:        (a)  If a person, other than a person described by Subsection (j), required to registerContinue reading “S.B. No. 906”

The Problem of Civil Commitment.

Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute: No Author Listed; No Date Listed ______________________________________________________________________ As with juvenile offend-ers, several other classes of persons are subject to confinement by court processes deemed civil rather than criminal. Within this category of “protective commitment” are involuntary commitments for treatment of insanity and other degrees of mental disability, alcoholism, narcoticsContinue reading “The Problem of Civil Commitment.”

Long Weekend Protest Rocks Minnesota’s Shadow Prisons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8.17.21 Contact: Detainees & OCEAN Co-Founders Russell Hatton; Daniel Wilson: 218-351-1900, ex 70887; 106021; End MSOP Coalition Contact: David Boehnke, 651-315-4222, Long Weekend Protest Rocks Minnesota’s Shadow Prisons MOOSE LAKE MN. Behind barbed wire fences a protest movement is swelling for an end to Minnesota’s Shadow Prisons, “treatment facilities” that detaineesContinue reading “Long Weekend Protest Rocks Minnesota’s Shadow Prisons”

When Ever-Expanding Penalties for Sex Crimes Create Injustice

HG.ORG Legal Resources; Patrick McClain; Date Unknown ________________________________________________________________________ In its recent decision in the case of U.S. v. Comstock, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal statute allowing the indefinite detention of those the statute refers to as sexually dangerous predators. Securing civil commitment after a sexual offender has completed his prison term does haveContinue reading “When Ever-Expanding Penalties for Sex Crimes Create Injustice”

Why Some Young Sex Offenders Are Held Indefinitely

THE MARSHALL PROJECT: By GEORGE STEPTOE and ANTOINE GOLDET; JAN. 27, 2016 ________________________________________________________________________ Jhon Sanchez already served his time for a series of sex offenses he committed when he was 13. But he’s not free yet. Inside the world of civil commitment. On the afternoon of Jhon Sanchez’s 18th birthday, three parole officers showed up at his homeContinue reading “Why Some Young Sex Offenders Are Held Indefinitely”