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Protest in Texas Against Civil Commitment

Protest Against Texas Shadow Prison in Littlefield Salute from Just Future There was a protest against the Texas system of so-called “sex offender civil commitment” in Littlefield, Texas on Saturday, April 09, 2022. Hats off to the brave advocates against pre-crime preventative detention who rallied in the middle-of-nowhere Texas to stand up for their values and their loved ones. The Propaganda If it looks like a prison, and has razor wire like a prison, and treats people without dignity or rights like a prison… it’s probably a prison.  But in response to a recent protest outside the “not-a-prison” prison in…

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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…

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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…

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Texas Uses Failed Private Prison to Hold Civilly Committed Sex Offenders

Texas Uses Failed Private Prison to Hold Civilly Committed Sex Offenders Matthew Clarke (Prison Legal News), September 3, 2018

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Beyond the Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment

Beyond the Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment Toshio Meronek and Erica Meiners (The Next System), November 10, 2017

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The Prison-Like Public Hospital Systems Disproportionately Packed With Gay Men

The Prison-Like Public Hospital Systems Disproportionately Packed With Gay Men Toshio Meronek and Erica Meiners (Advocate), May 23, 2018

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Indefinite Imprisonments on a Hunch

Indefinite Imprisonments on a Hunch Editorial Board (The New York Times), August 15, 2015

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Why Some Young Sex Offenders Are Held Indefinitely

Why Some Young Sex Offenders Are Held Indefinitely George Steptoe and Antoine Goldet (The Marshall Project), January 27, 2016

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Why Sex Criminals Get Locked Up Forever

Why Sex Criminals Get Locked Up Forever Aviva Stahl (Vice), April 13, 2016

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Phone Conferences Curtailed For Sex Offenders

Phone Conferences Curtailed For Sex Offenders Rick Karlin (Times Union), July 13, 2017

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Sex Crimes and Criminal Justice

Sex Crimes and Criminal Justice Barbara Koeppel (Washington Spectator), May 4, 2018

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A Prison by Another Name

A Prison by Another Name Michael Barajas (Texas Observer), February 12, 2018

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