U.S. sex offense policy: The next “surveiller et punir”

Presentation summary The legacy of the 40-year-long sex panic in the U.S. is a vast regime of draconian penalties and “management” of “sex offenders” – a category including anyone from consensual teen lovers to armed rapists. Along with long prison sentences, the sex offender registry, and restrictions on residency, work, recreation, travel, and family life, a crucial element of the regime is “sex offender treatment.” Based on the notion that “sexual offending” is a unique, incurable disorder, which must be “contained” to protect the community, especially children, from predation, such treatment is anything but therapeutic. It is coercive, moralistic, often…

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“Death Sentence” — Across U.S., COVID-19 takes a hidden toll behind bars

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in U.S. jails and prisons, but testing of inmates and staff remains spotty and many confirmed cases are going unreported. The resulting lack of data has deep implications for the fight against the virus, because prison outbreaks can move easily to surrounding communities. By PETER EISLER, LINDA SO, NED PARKER and BRAD HEATH Filed May 18, 2020, 11 a.m. GMT When COVID-19 began tearing through Detroit’s county jail system in March, authorities had no diagnostic tests to gauge its spread. But the toll became clear as deaths mounted. First, one of the sheriff’s jail commanders died; then, a deputy in a…

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Special Assistant for Organizing Campaign

Summary – Presently imprisoned criminal justice reform advocate is seeking a bright, driven, and conscientious volunteer to serve as a free world executive assistant. The selected volunteer will have the unique opportunity to work closely with a professional directly-impacted advocate on a combination of state and federal policy campaigns tackling some of the most challenging and marginalized issues in criminal justice reform. Tasks will primarily involve monitoring email, typing dictated responses, conducting both directed and independent online research, and occasionally translating handwritten material into typed and formatted digital documents. Subjects – pre-crime preventative detention systems registration and notification laws intersectionality…

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PRO BONO (LAW STUDENTS)

Are you a law student seeking meaningful pro bono hours? We are accepting applications from law students interested in undertaking innovative legal research that will help build the advocacy community challenging constitutionally dubious systems of pre-crime preventative detention. We have a number of available projects depending on your availability and interest: Work with grassroots advocates to identify vulnerable prosecution practices and expert testimony to be challenged by local counsel We have a great deal more to say about this but it would be inappropriate to share those thoughts on a public website Develop a “know your rights” (KYR) guide for…

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Covid-19 Advocacy at ‘gulag:Moose Lake’

Advocates living behind the walls at gulag:Moose Lake have been speaking out about the acute danger to shadow prisoners in Minnesota from the novel coronavirus.  Here we have assembled 3 letters to Gov. Tim Walz (D-Minnesota), 1 letter from advocates on the inside to facility staff in gulag:Moose Lake and St. Peter, and 1 memo from the facility administration pretending they’re doing something about the problem. No one deserves to die from Covid-19 behind bars.  Sadly, that is already happening because callous administrators and public officials have failed to act to protect this vulnerable population.  Jails and prisons have been…

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Articles from OCEAN Newsletters, Aug. 1, 2019 to Feb. 10, 2020

OVERCOMING CORRUPTION ENCOURAGING ALL NATIONS (OCEAN) The following content was created by using OCR software to read printed documents.  It is in the process of being edited to correct scan errors.  Expect to see this content in the future as posts with one article per post. The following articles were written by two civilly committed men at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) in gulag:Moose Lake Minnesota. These articles were reformatted to be scanned and put onto internet sites like https://ajustfuture.org. Contact OCEAN at: OCEAN 1360 University Ave. W. Box #145 St. Paul, MN 55104 You can leave a voice…

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What is — Overcoming Corruption Encouraging All Nations (OCEAN)?

The below is OCEAN Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 1, Article 1 (Aug. 1, 2019) published by Russell J. Hatton & Daniel A. Wilson from the gulag in Moose Lake Minnesota. OCEAN is an acronym that stands for, Overcoming Corruption Encouraging All Nations. The institutional organization of OCEAN is a new creation, received through prayer. However, OCEAN – the concept – has been alive forever. As humans, one primary quality we share with each other is our ability to overcome our own impurities, disabilities and shortcomings. Our restrictions and our limitations. Our anger, our lust, our depression and our addictions. Whatever…

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Coronavirus kills one, infects another, in Florida sex offender treatment center

  Residents of the Arcadia facility are held in confinement under the Jimmy Ryce Act, which forces sex offenders into treatment if experts believe they’re likely to commit another sex crime. The Florida Civil Commitment Center is a treatment center in Arcadia for sex offenders held involuntarily by the Jimmy Ryce Act. [Google Earth] By Kathryn Varn Published Yesterday A resident in a sex offender treatment facility has died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Another resident is sick with the disease. The outbreak is taking place in Florida’s Civil Commitment Center, a privately run treatment facility in DeSoto…

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Can Effective Mental Health Treatment Exist In A Criminal Justice System Driven By Profit?

Josh Gravens, now 27, was sentenced to the Bill Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, Texas when he was 13. He was told to expect a jail stay of nine months, but he spent 42 months under the supervision of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. He was not fully released until he was 21, having been detained for years without cause, he says. “I never even had a write-up,” he says. “Behavior was never the issue. Grades were never an issue. We engaged willingly and aggressively.” In Texas, the state contracts corporate prisons to jail juvenile offenders. Compensation per prisoner escalates…

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