This is an excellent overview from the 30,000 foot view, of the problems that continue to fuel draconian and unscientific sex-related laws. As Cucolo & Perlin note, “judicial decisions involving sexual offender[s]…rely improperly on inaccurate and underdeveloped statistics as well as unverified and outdated information.” This article specifically addresses pre-crime preventative detention laws, calling them explicitly punitive. And concludes by exploring the principle of “therapeutic jurisprudence” which may offer an alternative to unending and unthinking punishment. More about the authors Heather Ellis Cucolo Heather is an adjunct professor and current facilitator of the dual degree program…
Our vision for a just future
1. Abolish pre-crime preventative detention laws
2. Free our friends and loved ones from dehumanizing labels
3. Realign our justice system with the values of restoration and reintegration
Just Future Project is a new initiative focused on challenging pre-crime preventative detention laws. We are a people-driven grassroots advocacy campaign dedicated to building a movement of community members demanding an end to indefinite detention regimes.
Why Is This Important?
Pre-crime preventative detention systems are a dangerous departure from the traditional values of our legal system.
We believe in justice, that persons who have caused harm may be held accountable for their actions. But justice also demands proportionality and due process, elements essential to distinguish justice from mere vengeance. The goal of any true system of justice must be restoration and re-integration, not the perpetual containment and incapacitation that have come to define the U.S. criminal legal system.