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Should the Sex Offender Registry be Abolished? A Live Debate

February 15th, 2018

For the affirmative: NCRJ Director Dr. Emily Horowitz

For the negative: Marci Hamilton from CHILD USA

Watch here.

Friends of Justice is a personal blog. Here I speak only for myself.

Send Bob Halsey a Birthday Card

February 13th, 2018

Bob Halsey turns 89 on February 18th. I am surprised he is still alive. He has been in bad health for years.

Bob is an innocent man who has been in prison since September of 1993. He will die in prison. And even if by some miracle he were to be released, he has nowhere to go and no one to take him in.

Bob was railroaded by many of the same characters who sent Bernard Baran to prison. Baran’s prosecutor, Dan Ford, was the trial judge. Jane Satullo was the chief interrogator of the children.

You can learn more about his case.

Here is the address for cards:

Robert C. Halsey
W-55045
POB 1218
Shirley MA 01464

Friends of Justice is a personal blog. Here I speak only for myself.

Death, assaults and sex offenses: Life behind Central New York Psychiatric Center’s walls

February 7th, 2018

“A New York State psychiatric center operated illegally with impunity while two dead bodies, 40 assaults and 25 sex offenses triggered police responses behind its walls from 2012 to 2016, The Journal News/lohud has found.

“The newly obtained tally of violence, roughly one attack per month, is part of 210 criminal incidents at Central New York Psychiatric Center. Much of the violence involved the mentally ill men locked up there, and it unfolded without the independent monitor required by law.

“From rapes and beatings to illicit drug use and falsified treatment records, the incidents offered a rare look into problems inside the closely guarded psychiatric center, according to records obtained by The Journal News/lohud through Freedom of Information Law requests.”

Read the expoby David Robinson in The Journal News.

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A new prison post from my good friend, Gunther Fiek

February 5th, 2018

https://guntherfiek.net/2018/02/05/inside-the-fence-life-unhindered-2/

Friends of Justice is a personal blog. Here I speak only for myself.

Loathsome Massachusetts

February 3rd, 2018

“For a small, progressive state, Massachusetts has an outsize record of wrongfully convicting people. The Commonwealth has paid $8.34 million to wrongfully convicted men and women since 2004, when a compensation law was enacted. From Dennis Maher to Victor Rosario to Fred Clay, it seems like every few months we’re hearing about another conviction getting overturned based on bad evidence or official misconduct. What’s going on?”

Read the article by George Bullen in States of Blue.

Friends of Justice is a personal blog. Here I speak only for myself.

Is Jerry Sandusky Innocent?

January 6th, 2018

Trial by Therapy:

The Jerry Sandusky Case Revisited

“Can a sustained, comprehensive case be made for that inference? [That Sandusky is innocent] It already exists, in a book that was rejected by every major publisher and finally issued in November 2017 by the modest Sunbury Press of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Until now the work has been almost entirely ignored by reviewers. Yet it comes with the strong endorsement of a world-renowned psychologist and memory expert, Elizabeth Loftus, and a leading expert on coercive interrogation methods and false confessions, Richard A. Leo. If they are right, Mark Pendergrast’s 391-page The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment can erase the shame of both Penn State and Sandusky, who languishes in solitary confinement, for 22 hours a day, in a maximum-security state prison.”

Read the review by Frederick Crews of Mark Pendergrast’s provocative and important new book in Skeptic.

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An Empty Manger

December 25th, 2017

A Christmas prison post from my friend, Gunther Fiek:

An Empty Manger

Friends of Justice is a personal blog. Here I speak only for myself.

After 28 years wrongly imprisoned for child molestation, man’s case dismissed

December 15th, 2017

“Young also said that he harbors no anger toward his accusers — who were 5 and 6 years old when they accused him of molesting them, only to later recant and confess that it was their mother’s boyfriend who harmed them, not Young. They were afraid of the boyfriend, records show, so they accused Young instead.”

Read the article by Tresa Baidas in the Detroit Free Press.

Friends of Justice is a personal blog. Here I speak only for myself.

Sex Registries as Modern-Day Witch Pyres

December 14th, 2017

“Perhaps the most irrefutable statement that can be made about modern day America is this: we have a penchant for putting people in cages. More than any other nation on the planet, we rely on incarceration as the fix for our social ills.”

Read the article by Guy Hamilton-Smith in Injustice Today.

Friends of Justice is a personal blog. Here I speak only for myself.

Will Feminism’s Past Mistakes Haunt #MeToo?

December 12th, 2017

“The last couple of months also echo a troublesome history, however, whose legacy persists in the law and the Zeitgeist. “When does a watershed become a sex panic?” Masha Gessen asked recently in the New Yorker. The answer: what we are witnessing are not the omens of a looming sex panic; they are the symptoms of the one we are already in, and have been in for forty years.”

Read the rest of this thoughtful analysis bu NCRJ Director Judith Levine in the Boston Review.