The Endless Time Loop

Blogpost #1 TACC-Texans Against Civil Commitment: Moosejaw72; August 17, 2021 ________________________________________________________________________ I’m sure many of you have seen the movie, Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray. If you haven’t, you need to take some time and check it out. This movie puts an angry anchorman in a timeless loop, and he has to relive Groundhog DayContinue reading “The Endless Time Loop”

COVID allowed Raquel Esquivel and 4,500 others to be released from overcrowded federal prisons. So why is she back behind bars?

INSIDER: Jamie Roth; Aug 13, 2021, 7:59 AM _________________________________________________________________________ As COVID-19 spread through federal prisons, the Justice Department began a novel experiment: 4,500 prisoners were approved for home confinement with GPS ankle monitors. But what would happen afterwards. If they rebuilt their lives and followed the rules, would they be able to stay out ofContinue reading “COVID allowed Raquel Esquivel and 4,500 others to be released from overcrowded federal prisons. So why is she back behind bars?”

Former Staffers Condemn Cruel Treatment of Inmates at a Texan Prison for Sex Offenders

The men must keep masturbation diaries, wear ankle monitors, and even use penile circumference gauges. reason: LENORE SKENAZY | 8.12.2021 10:00 AM _________________________________________________________________________ For many men serving time for committing sex offenses in Texas, their prison term never really ends—even if they complete their sentence. That’s because they’re required to enter a live-in mental health facility beforeContinue reading “Former Staffers Condemn Cruel Treatment of Inmates at a Texan Prison for Sex Offenders”

Promoting Dignity and Preventing Shame and Humiliation by Improving the Quality and Education of Attorneys in Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Civil Commitment Cases

New York Law School: Heather Ellis Cucolo and Michael L. Perlin; 2017 _____________________________________________________________________ I. INTRODUCTION In Strickland v. Washington, the Supreme Court defined the Sixth Amendment constitutional right to counsel to include the right to the effective assistance of counsel. In its decision, the Court acknowledged that the role of counsel is critical to theContinue reading “Promoting Dignity and Preventing Shame and Humiliation by Improving the Quality and Education of Attorneys in Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Civil Commitment Cases”

Is Civil Commitment Legislation Based on False Premise?

PATCH: RSOL; Posted Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:22 am ET | Updated Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm ET ________________________________________________________________________ “Sex offenders are more likely than almost any other type of criminal to repeat an offense, [Bacon] said….” This appears to be the premise on which Sen. Kevin Bacon has built his bill, a bill that wouldContinue reading “Is Civil Commitment Legislation Based on False Premise?”

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.””