Radio interview with WPFW 89.3FM

Pre-crime preventative dentation was the focus of an hour- long conversation on the Crossroads Radio show hosted by Roach Brown and Nkechi Taisa  on WPFW 89.3FM, known as “Washington’s station for jazz and justice”   Click Play to listen to Garnett Robins- Baughman and Bernida Thompson talk about how their families have been directly impacted by these Kafkaesque systems and their work with Just Future Project.  Garnett and Bernida were joined by Phil Fornaci, director of The DC Prisoners’ Project at the Washington lawyers’ comity for civil rights & urban affairs, to describe the abusive and unconstitutional application of these laws —…

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The Dobbs Wire: Untouchable NEWS – streaming available – Now!

Some great news about UNTOUCHABLE, David Feige’s award-winning documentary…  At last, the film is available for streaming Now on: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Kanopy See it!  Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire     More people now on sex-offender registry than in jail in the US   Stream it starting January 15 on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.   =================================================     Find it at your public or institutional library on     Watch the trailer   FACT: More people are now listed on sex-offender registries than are currently in jail in the US. It’s an amazing statistic that illuminates one of the darkest…

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The Dobbs Wire: Just out – Florida registry report

The Dobbs Wire:  A report on Florida’s sex offense registry is just out, issued by an agency that works for the state’s lawmakers.  Big takeaway – the number of registrants continues to climb and has been increasing for many years.  Why?   That key question is not answered.   According to the report, the state’s registry has more than 73,000 listings.  However, the number living in Florida communities is much smaller, less than 29,000.   That’s quite a lot of registrants that are classified as living out-of-state, incarcerated, deceased(!), etc.  Also in the report are various ways the Florida Department of Law Enforcement…

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The Dobbs Wire: Rogue judge driven off the bench

A Pittsburgh criminal court judge has finally submitted her resignation. Judge Donna Jo McDaniel’s expected exit comes after repeated rebukes by a Pennsylvania appeals court, extensive news coverage, the ire of at least one editorial board, and talk of an investigation by the state’s judicial conduct commission. First elected to the bench in 1985, McDaniel was driven from office for failing to deliver fair and impartial justice – treating individuals charged with sex offenses (and their defense counsel) terribly, imposing excessive sentences and repeatedly abusing her discretion.  McDaniel’s departure is a victory for reason and justice, even more so given…

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The Dobbs Wire: Registries are not feminist!

Amid rising anger over sexual wrongdoing, a feminist writer takes aim at the sex offense registry.  Reina Gattuso’s powerful essay questions the existence of an official government blacklist that now ensnares hundreds of thousands of individuals, have a look!   -Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire info@thedobbswire.com     Femnisting | Dec. 21, 2018 Why Should Feminists Be Against the Sex Offender Registry?     By Reina Gattuso   Established in the ‘90s following several high-profile rapes and murders of children, the sex offender registry used parental grief to propagate “tough on crime” policies.  But there’s a problem: sex offender registries don’t…

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The Dobbs Wire: 4.8% increase in one year – latest blacklist stats

The Dobbs Wire:  More than 912,000 on government blacklists –  4.8% INCREASE in the number of sex offense registry listings in the last year          The Dobbs Wire has produced a new chart with the latest sex offense registry statistics for every state and Washington DC, along with figures from 2017.  One key indicator continues to *increase* — the total number on blacklists is now 912,643.  That’s a 4.8% climb in the last 12 months!  42,001 listings have been added since 2017.     These government blacklists produce no benefit to public safety but they sure pack…

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The Dobbs Wire: Enlightenment and a trigger warning in Connecticut

Enlightenment and a trigger warning in Connecticut:  A day-long event in Connecticut featuring a series of presentations about the sex offense registry proved enlightening and remarkable!  One highlight was the first speaker who gave an overview, taking some trouble to explain the important and little-discussed concept of “moral panic” and the big impact that phenomenon has had, and continues to have, on sex offense laws.  Drawn from research and professional experience, the remarks were even more resonant because the speaker is a jurist, Judge Mary Huffman of Ohio.  Complementing Huffman’s talk was the next presentation, by Eric Janus, a Minnesota…

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Internship Opportunities

Just Future Project: Digital Organizing Internship Do you care about the criminal justice reform, LGBTQ+ rights, or racial justice? Would you like to spend your semester learning to organize a grassroots advocacy campaign and drive digital engagement for one of the most marginalized populations in America? The Just Future Project is looking for a dynamic, independent university student willing to pilot the CRM, webpage content management, and social media for a new campaign challenging pre-crime preventative detention laws in Virginia. Must be 18+, willing to learn unfamiliar database and email systems with minimal oversight, and able to commit to at…

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Internship and Pro Bono Opportunities

STORYTELLING and JOURNALISM Do you have a gift for telling stories? Are you considering a career in journalism, media, advocacy, or as a writer? We’re looking for skilled writers interested in lending their talents to help us share the lived experiences of people harmed by the criminal legal system. You will have the opportunity to interview people living behind the walls at shadow prisons around the country whose voices would otherwise have never been heard. Unlike normal prisoners, these persons have already completed their prison sentences and are now being held because the authorities believe they might commit a crime…

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In Memoriam: Lives Lost While Imprisoned After Their Release Date in Kansas

The people who run these programs pretend that they are for “treatment.”  For at least 45 people who were sent to Larned State Hospital it was a death sentence.  The following names, placed here in memoriam, are a stark illustration of the false promise of therapeutic intent.   These names remind us everyday of why we work to abolish pre-crime preventative detention systems.       Individual Names of Commitments Pursuant to the Kansas Sexual Predator Act   Master List:   Time:  6:43 PM                                                                                     Revised:    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Individual…

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