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I have been at VCBR for over 8 years. I made Phase 3 in 2011 with a recommendation for discharge. However, for some reason, I was put on phase probation. False information was put in my record. In 2015, I was demoted again to Phase 2 because I complained about clinical misconduct. In 2018, I was once again in Phase 3 with a recommendation for discharge. However, a new therapist joined our group besides the then current one. These 2 therapists undid all the accomplishments I made with my previous therapist who left. I complained about Ms. X. making fun of me in group due to my being sick. Even though I did the phase assignments, they wouldn’t let me present them, telling me I could during winter quarter of the year. On Jan. 8,  I read my progress report… Read more “Fight for release”

Frank

I am a normal human being

I am labeled a registered sex offender in the state of Florida. I am college educated, raised in a home with loving parents who showed me, by their example, the benefits of hard work and honest living. I was never sexually abused in any way. My family history is made up of intelligent people from the fields of engineering, architecture, art and design. I inherited the artistic side of the family genes. Human faces fascinate me. They are beautiful no mater their age. Because of this fascination I have been branded a pedophile. I broke the law by looking at pictures and video on the computer of underage girls. I have taken full responsibility for my actions and served my prison and probation time successfully, without incident. One of the “tests” I was given to see if I was a… Read more “I am a normal human being”

Mark

Virginia bill would end civil commitment of sex offenders

By DENISE LAVOIE — RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Democratic lawmakers are spearheading a push to repeal a decades-old law that allows the state to hold certain sex offenders at psychiatric facilities indefinitely after their criminal sentences if they are deemed “sexually violent predators.” Critics say civil commitment laws are fundamentally unfair and violate the constitutional prohibition against punishing someone twice for the same crime. Supporters counter that the laws protect society from repeat offenders who are unable to control their behavior. Sen. Joe Morrissey and Del. Patrick Hope, both Democrats, are co-sponsoring legislation that would end the state’s authority to civilly commit sex offenders. “It is as archaic and as Neanderthal a process as I can imagine,” said Morrissey, a defense attorney and lead patron of the bill that would repeal 1999′s Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent PredatorsRead more “Virginia bill would end civil commitment of sex offenders”

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Fourth Appearance on Crossroads Radio WPFW 89.3FM Galen’s interview

Pre-crime preventative detention was the focus of an almost hour-long conversation on the Crossroads Radio show hosted by Roach Brown and Nkechi Taifa on WPFW 89.3FM, known as “Washington’s station for jazz and justice”
Click Play to listen to Galen Baughman talk about how he has been directly impacted by these Kafkaesque systems of pre-crime preventative detention and his work with Just Future Project.

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VCBR Coronavirus Outbreak Prompts Virginia’s National Guard to Take Action

    The Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation (VCBR), a shadow prison in Burkeville, Virginia operating under the guise of a treatment facility, is currently in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak; and many people locked within the facility are fearful for their health.      As of October 14th, twenty-two “residents” and six staff members at the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation have tested positive for the coronavirus. The National Guard was called in by the governor to provide tests after an outbreak of fifteen cases occurred in one of the facility’s living units. There are numerous firsthand accounts suggesting that the facility did not take proper precautions prior to the outbreak, and the few precautions the facility did take were poorly implemented. Sources inside the facility claim that the masks provided to people in the facility do not fit correctlyRead more “VCBR Coronavirus Outbreak Prompts Virginia’s National Guard to Take Action”

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Federal Judge Orders IRS to Issues Withheld $1,200 Stimulus Checks to Persons in Carceral Settings

BREAKING: Earlier this week in the Northern District of California (NDCA),  a federal judge issued an injunction against the Trump Administration for withholding COVID relief funds from incarcerated people. The presiding judge, Phyllis J. Hamilton, ruled that the Treasury Department could no longer withhold CARES Act emergency relief “based solely on the basis that they are incarcerated.” Although both incarcerated and formerly incarcerated peoples were eligible to receive EIP (economic impact relief) under the CARES Act, the federal government still failed to provide them with this relief.   Earlier this year, the coronavirus pandemic took the nation by storm, causing significant economic turmoil for many citizens and their families. Congress passed the CARES Act in March of 2020 to help ease the impact of COVID-19 on affected Americans. The act effectively allocated over $2.2 trillion in stimulus funds and “establishesRead more “Federal Judge Orders IRS to Issues Withheld $1,200 Stimulus Checks to Persons in Carceral Settings”

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Cost of the Shadow Prison in California

California spends the second most money on prisons per capita in the nation. Especially now, with the pandemic ravaging our economy — at every level from local municipalities to the national tax base — state governments are left with difficult budgeting decisions to make. While congress has the luxury of deficit spending, individual state governments are constitutionally barred from going into the red. But it is impossible to balance a budget during the worst fiscal downturn since the Great Depression while spending the same amount of money as they were in the “before times.” One easy solution to their money problem would be to eliminate their shadow prison program.  In 2009, the annual cost of running California’s civil containment prison, Coalinga State Hospital, was $117,383,741. A decade later, that number shot up to $298,184,000 in 2019. That is a 254Read more “Cost of the Shadow Prison in California”

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

The people who run these programs pretend that they are for “treatment.”  For at least 60 people who were sent to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program it was a death sentence.  The following names, placed here in memoriam, are a stark illustration of the false promise of therapeutic intent.  The names listed remind us of why we work, today and every day, to abolish pre-crime preventative detention systems.

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The Coronavirus pandemic is a global emergency. People confined against their will in high concentrations at close proximity in notoriously overcrowded facilities are extremely vulnerable to this invisible, quickly spreading threat. Civil rights and human rights organizations have called on officials to release persons

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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 Names of Commitments Pursuant to the Kansas Sexual Predator Act Master List:   Time:  6:43 PM                                                                                     Revised:    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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