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.
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- Donna on Victory in Supreme Court of Virginia against out-of-control prosecution
- Jennifer Layne on VCBR Coronavirus Outbreak Prompts Virginia’s National Guard to Take Action
- Merry on Virginia Lawmakers Call Shadow Prisons “Appalling”
- Amanda Holliday on Protest in Texas Against Civil Commitment
Testimonial Category: Micro Stories
Very short stories.
Virginia Justice system Not Just, but Horribly Corrupt
Hello, My cousin is from Maryland, but was arrested for sexual assault. The alleged victim went to court and testified on his behalf and stated that there was no assault and that the sex was consensual. However, my cousin was sentenced to 5 years. He was sent to VCBR. IT has been over 12 years and he has yet to be released, let alone be returned to Maryland. We are at our Witt’s end. This place needs to be investigated and corrupt staff, administration, judges and lawyers severely punished. We implore that if there is any way to punish or…
They told me I would die in here; it’s a set-up
When I was 18 in 1974, and when I was 20 in 1976, I was convicted of a sex offense with a minor. I served my time, and then when it was time for my release, to my surprise, I was seen by a psychiatrist for evaluation for civil commitment. It seemed like a set- up, and I was civilly committed. They told me I would die here. In 2009, they started releasing people. it again was a set-up. They let me out and others, but they wanted us to live in a rooming house, pay for outpatient treatment (that…
$110 Million Dollar Pre-Crime Detention Scheme
I have been dehumanized and detained in the shadow prison called VCBR for years now. It is an expensive scheme to house away those the public doesn’t care about. It’s a fake treatment center that continues to operate as the prison it is. Based on their own public record, in 2016 they spent 16.6 million dollars on security and 4.2 million on treatment. VCBR is still always understaffed, and this is why residents don’t get proper outside recreation. Now they are building a second facility right next to this one. How do they plan to staff a new facility when…
Haven’t I received enough punishment?
I want my name to be used with this story so that people can know that we in VCBR are humans and have unbelievable stories to tell. I came to VCBR from prison where I lived for 45 years. When I was 15, I raped a school teacher. I was given a sentence of life for that crime. I went before the parole board 32 times before they decided to give me parole. They did this in June 2017. They told me in March 2018 that I had made it. Before I was released, the DOC told me that I…
Lawyer needed for court filed claim against VCBR
I am held as a hostage resident of VCBR. My only offense was in 1990, and I have long since finished serving my time. I wasn’t even a Virginia resident, but I am not allowed to go back home to my family in another state. Even when I was released from the VCBR, I was not allowed to be with family for Thanksgiving or Christmas due to the fact that children would be there. It is depressing even though you try to keep your spirits up. When I tested positive for drugs, I was put in general population jail, so…
22 years without a criminal offense
Civil Commitment is a hostage scheme to capture those US citizens that the public cares least about. Why? Because the state can add them to the state population and gain more congressional representatives as well as not have these hostages be able to vote. I have gone 22 years without a criminal offense. Yet, Virginia won’t release their cyclic grip of VCBR, release, and probation violation for anything that strikes their fancy. I am not permitted to leave the state and go home. How is that therapy. I took all of the classes and learned all there was to learn,…
Sex Abuse complains about officers in N.J.
I have written numerous complaints and even tort claims against the sexual abuse in the N.J. civil commitment scheme, but to no avail. I need the public to know that the prison trashes legal papers that I write. My first complaint was about an officer at ADTC in Avenel, N.J. prison. He came in my dorm to use the urinal. He called my name and when I got there he asked me to look at his d….. He has done this more than once. The same officer calls me to his desk and asks me if I want to suck…
Still paying for an error I made in 1972
I can’t remember if I sent this story in before now. So many letters from men in the same situation seem to run together. Joe wrote me to let me know that he is still paying for an offense that he served time for back in 1974. Civil Commitment has been a revolving door of “treatment,” release, and “got cha again” tactics. They told Joe he would die there. The system is rigged. “They want us to live in rooming houses, take polygraphs, and pay for treatment on the street,” Joe said. joe
One thing that has confused and upset me since coming to VCBR is that many of us, including me, have had the treatment classes for years while in prison. Yet, we have to begin treatment in here as if we were beginning for the very first time ever. Any treatment i have ever received is ignored – all of the relapse prevention model, the offense cycle, the containment model, or my own will power towards volitional control. Nothing I have ever accomplished has any weight or credibility here. I am treated as an ignorant patient with zero past treatment. Even…