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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The Dobbs Wire: Thomas Pauli R.I.P.

Thomas Pauli R.I.P:  Winter weather brought Thomas Pauli’s death but the real cause was draconian laws that drive people into poverty and homelessness.  Thomas had a serious scrape with the law many years back and paid a price, serving 11 years in prison.  All that might have moved to the rear view mirror but this was a sex offense.  Special laws apply so he was put on the sex offense registry and faced severe restrictions on where he could live or even get temporary refuge from winter’s wrath.  His death brought some slight changes to the laws.  Nine years later…

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The Dobbs Wire: INSPECT the hydra!

WATCH OUT for #MeToo–that’s the message in an important essay by JoAnn Wypijewski, just published by The Nation.  What about accountability for sexual wrongdoing?  Shall it be delivered by headlines that have morphed into guided missiles, legal process only an afterthought?  We’re decades into very severe laws and punishments for sex offenses.  Nearly 900,000 people are marked with a scarlet letter and forced to sign the sex offense registry.  Will #MeToo spur progress or bring more crackdowns and draconian measures?  Has #MeToo become a wrecking ball aimed at reason and justice?  “Inspect the hydra” and have a look at this…

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The Dobbs Wire: FINAL performances of America Is Hard To See!

FINAL performances this week of America Is Hard To See, a new Off-Broadway play that takes on a very thorny topic – sexual wrongdoing – and it’s a mind-opener!  Here’s hoping the play gets another bigger run in NYC, and goes on the road. Closing night is Feb. 24th.  There’s more about the play (it’s based on a real life community-in-exile) and how it was made in the reviews and video linked below.  -Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire  info@thedobbswire.com   TICKETS (get two tickets for the price of 1, use code 2FOR1) http://www.here.org/shows/detail/1927/       Reviews   TheaterMania review by…

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The Dobbs Wire: the VIDEO from last night!

The registry:   An unusual event took place last night in lower Manhattan, a rare live public debate about the sex offense registry.  In front of a packed house Emily Horowitz, a sociologist and author of Protecting Our Kids?: How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us, went head-to-head with Marci Hamilton, a prominent child safety advocate.  The pair debated this  proposition:  “All the laws requiring those convicted of sex offenses to put their names in a registry should be abolished.” It was quite a show!   And timely – with nearly 900,000 individuals required to sign the registry questions about its effectiveness…

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