Opinion: The big lie about sex offenders

The Washington Post: by Radley Balko; March 9, 2017 __________________________________________________________________ Much of the destructive, extra-punishment punishment we inflict on sex offenders is due to the widely held belief that they’re more likely to re-offend than the perpetrators of other classes of crimes. This has been the main justification for the Supreme Court’s authorization of sex-offenderContinue reading “Opinion: The big lie about sex offenders”

BJS Report Finds Sex Offenders Among Former Prisoners Least Likely to Re-Offend

PRISON LEGAL NEWS: by Scott Grammer; December 10, 2019 In May 2019 the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) issued a report, titled “Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from State Prison: A 9-Year Follow-Up (2005-14),” that examined 67,966 former prisoners over a nine-year period after their release in 30 different states in 2005. The report explainedContinue reading “BJS Report Finds Sex Offenders Among Former Prisoners Least Likely to Re-Offend”

Post-Prison Purgatory

typeinvestigations: By Toshio Meronek & Erica R. Meiners; May 23, 2018 Prison-like public hospital systems are disproportionately packed with gay men who remain locked up even after serving their time. At Coalinga State Hospital, located in a desolate, dusty part of California’s Central Valley, 200 miles north of Los Angeles, 37-year-old Cory Hoch stands out. He’s well likedContinue reading “Post-Prison Purgatory”

Inside the Endless Nightmare of Indefinite Detention Under “Civil Commitment”

INSIDE THE TIMES: by SARAH LAZARE; AUGUST 19, 2020 _________________________________________________________________________ After serving their criminal sentence, these men discover their punishment may never be over. n June 2019, after serving more than 29 years in Illinois prisons, Otis Arrington expected to be released to freedom: He had finished his time, which he describes as difficult and traumatic, and hisContinue reading “Inside the Endless Nightmare of Indefinite Detention Under “Civil Commitment””

Prisoner, 21, convicted of child sex offense wins $17.5 million lawsuit after being left paralyzed by guards who bragged about ‘sadistic’ attack

INSIDER: Bethany Dawson; Nov 7, 2021, 12:51 PM Seth Fletcher, 21, has been left with paralyzing spinal cord injuries after being tackled by guards.  Fletcher has now won a civil liberties against the state, winning $17.5 million in damages.  Fletcher was also waterboarded and left for hours without treatment. The State of Ohio is to payContinue reading “Prisoner, 21, convicted of child sex offense wins $17.5 million lawsuit after being left paralyzed by guards who bragged about ‘sadistic’ attack”

Sex Offender Confinement Costing States Too Much

Associated Press: Author Not Listed; June 22, 2010, 6:57 AM Keeping sex offenders locked up in treatment after they finish their prison sentences emerged as a popular get-tough tactic in the 1990s, when states were flush with cash. But the costs have soared far beyond what anyone envisioned. An Associated Press analysis found that theContinue reading “Sex Offender Confinement Costing States Too Much”

The Dobbs Wire:  Do we need the sex offense registry?

Counting registrants, family members and significant others, the number of people directly impacted by sex offense registration laws in the U.S. is estimated at several million.  Every state has had a registry for at least 25 years and politicians continually push for  harsher registration requirements.  These are all good reasons to question the registry.  DavidContinue reading “The Dobbs Wire:  Do we need the sex offense registry?”

The Only Way to Get Out Is to Die: Mental Health, Public Safety, and Legal Implications of Sex Offender Civil Commitment in Texas

Journal of Public and International Affairs: by Erika Parks; 2018 ____________________________________________________________________ IntroductionIn the United States, there are few crimes more abhorred than sexuallyviolent offenses, and by extension, few people more reviled than those whocommit them. In popular media, people accused of sexually violent crimesare variously called “monsters,” “scum,” or “the worst of the worst.” TheTexasContinue reading “The Only Way to Get Out Is to Die: Mental Health, Public Safety, and Legal Implications of Sex Offender Civil Commitment in Texas”

TACC Makes Connections and Educates Others at NARSOL’s 13th Annual Conference

The TACC Team would like to thank NARSOL for allowing us to present at the conference and share information about civil commitment. We would like to express special thanks to Paul Shannon (Chair) and Robin Vander Wall (Vice-Chair) or NARSOL. Many thanks also to Texas Voices for hosting our table and for Mary Sue Molnar’sContinue reading “TACC Makes Connections and Educates Others at NARSOL’s 13th Annual Conference”

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Louisiana’s Defense of a Law That Stamped ‘SEX OFFENDER’ on Driver’s Licenses

reason: by Jacob Sullum;  10.4.2021 5:00 PM ____________________________________________________________________ The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear Louisiana’s appeal of a decision against its 2006 law requiring that people on the state’s sex offender registry carry IDs or driver’s licenses that say “SEX OFFENDER” in orange capital letters. A year ago, the Louisiana Supreme Court concluded that the requirement amounted to compelledContinue reading “Supreme Court Declines To Hear Louisiana’s Defense of a Law That Stamped ‘SEX OFFENDER’ on Driver’s Licenses”