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Opposition to Differential Response Dealt Heavy Blow

September 24th, 2016

“Research shows that keeping some families together after children are abused can result in safety for the children and united families, when proper assessment and interventions are made. Even so, the usual suspect ‘child-protection professionals’ scapegoat the approach.”–Debbie Nathan

Read the article by Richard Wexler in The Chronicle of Social Change.

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Support the Innocence Project

September 22nd, 2016

And help Victor Rosario run the New York Marathon!

-Bob Chatelle

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A Syndrome on Trial

September 11th, 2016

“Today, scores of other caregivers are accused of in injuring or killing a baby by shaking every year. But some doctors and lawyers believe the syndrome is being diagnosed too frequently and that debate is playing out in courtrooms around the country. Over 200 cases have fallen apart since doctors started challenging the diagnosis, with some defendants released after spending more than a decade in jail.”

From RetroReport. Produced by Miriam Weintraub.

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Why Jerry Sandusky May Be Innocent

September 9th, 2016

Civil lawyers sent potential victims to therapy to help unearth memories. As Howard Janet, a civil lawyer for an alleged Sandusky victim, explained in a CNN interview, victims could “create a bit of a Chinese wall in their minds. They bury these events that were so painful to them deep in their subconscious.”

But that’s not all. The well-known sodomy-in-the-shower story is fictional. When Mike McQueary went into the locker room in 2001, he briefly heard slapping sounds in the shower that he interpreted as sexual. As McQueary later put it, “Visualizations come to your head.”

Read the article by Mark Pendergrast in The Crime Report.

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The Father Gordon J. MacRae Story: Injustice in New Hampshire

September 5th, 2016

“In 2005, I came upon the story of Father Gordon MacRae in a series of articles by Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, Dorothy Rabinowitz in The Wall Street Journal. This was my first inkling that the case against this Catholic priest, that I and most others thought to be fairly and justly adjudicated, was in fact deeply flawed.

“As I looked more closely, and probed more deeply, it became apparent to me that this priest is a victim of a zealous sex crimes detective, a set of political agendas, and the greed of men pretending to be victims to ride a wave of media coverage of Catholic scandal to commit fraud.”

Read the post by Ryan A. MacDonald in his blog, “A Ram in the Thicket.”

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Expanding Incarceration Is Not the Best Way to Fight Rape Culture

September 5th, 2016

“The United States imprisons a higher proportion of its population than any other developed country. The American incarceration rate is roughly 3.5 times as high as the median rate in Europe, according to a 2013 report from the European Council of Annual Penal Statistics. This is not because Americans commit more crimes — victimization rates in the United States are comparable to those in Western Europe. Nor is our outsize prison population solely the product of our drug war. As the Marshall Project notes, 54 percent of the 1.3 million Americans in state prisons are there for violent crimes. Even if we freed every nonviolent offender in an American prison, we would still jail a far higher percentage of our residents than do our European peers.”

Read the article by Eric Levitz in New York magazine.

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Unheard but Unafraid: The Story of the San Antonio 4

August 14th, 2016

“There was never a day I just never stopped fighting or looked for strength from God. I never gave up,” Elizabeth said. “I had three friends incarcerated with me and my family, and that was my strength to say I’m not giving up and the truth will one day come forward.”

Then, she struck up a friendship with a pen pal in the Yukon Territory [Darrell Otto], with a man who believed in her innocence. Soon, an organization called the National Center for Reason and Justice had picked up the case, and reporters were paying attention to the story.

Listen to the program about this case on Latino USA.

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Judge Critical of Sex Offender Registry Confirmed to Massachusetts High Court

August 11th, 2016

“Making a mild criticism of sex offender registries looked like it could have hurt a Massachusetts judge in her bid to serve on the state’s Supreme Judicial Court. But on Wednesday the Governor’s Council, an eight-member elected body responsible for approving judicial nominees, voted unanimously in favor of Superior Court Judge Kimberly Budd’s nomination to serve as an associate justice.”

Read the article by Elizabeth Nolan Brown in Reason.

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Don’t Believe the fearmongering about perverts using Pokemon Go

August 5th, 2016

“Parents, it’s time to panic: Kids who venture outside to play Pokémon Go are going to end up in the clutches of sex offenders, unless we do something pointless, political and pathetic.

“We must fearmonger!”

Read the article by NCRJ Director Emily Horowitz in the New York Post.

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Bogus “Sex Offender” Labels are Ruining Lives

August 2nd, 2016

What’s the most common age of sex-offenders?

It’s not a trick question, but unless you follow this stuff closely you’ll almost certainly answer wrong.

In fact, most people are shocked to learn that the most common age of people charged with a sex offense isn’t a creepy 39, or 51.

It’s 14.

Read the article by Lenore Skenazy in the New York Post.