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Please Send Joseph a Birthday Card

May 23rd, 2017

May 29th is Joseph Allen’s birthday. Joseph is a dear friend and his is perhaps the most tragic case I have encountered. You can read about it here.

Here is Joseph’s prison address. A card from you would brighten his day!

Joseph Lee Allen #A293-486
Grafton Correctional Institution
2500 South Avon Beldon Road
Grafton, Ohio 44044-9802

Thank you!

-Bob

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

Please Send a Birthday Card to Joseph Allen

May 22nd, 2017

May 29th is Joseph Allen’s birthday. Joseph is a dear friend and his is perhaps the most tragic case I have encountered. You can read about it here.

Here is Joseph’s prison address. A card from you would brighten his day!

Joseph Lee Allen #A293-486
Grafton Correctional Institution
2500 South Avon Beldon Road
Grafton, Ohio 44044-9802

Thank you!

-Bob

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

The Accusation

May 22nd, 2017

“Katie didn’t know the full story. She knew only what DeAnne had told her growing up: Ray had touched her “inappropriately.” Katie didn’t remember any of the abuse, but DeAnne explained that Katie had most likely buried the terrible things her father had done to her so deeply that she couldn’t access any recollections of them.

“That never felt right to Katie, though. She had long nursed a suspicion that the memories weren’t there because they didn’t exist, and her father had been innocent all along. If that was the case, it meant she and her older brother, Matt, had played a role in putting their father in prison.”

Read the full article. by Maurice Chammah in collaboration with Esquire, at The Marshall Project.

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

Massachusetts Supreme Court Unanimously Rules in Favor of Victor Rosario

May 12th, 2017

The National Center for Reason and Justice has been sponsoring Victor’s case since 2007. Our congratulations to Victor, to his wife Beverly, and to two great attorneys, Andrea Petersen and Lisa Kavanaugh.

“Rosario’s appeals attorneys , Lisa Kavanaugh and Andrea Petersen, took on Rosario’s case and produced compelling evidence that advances in fire science and irregularities in Victor Rosario’s confession while going through alcohol withdrawal showed Rosario was entitled to a new trial in the interest of justice.”

Read the full article in the Tewksbury Patch.

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Prisons for Profit and Other Perversions of Justice

May 5th, 2017

One truth that I have learned is something that I wrote in a recent post: “Beneath every story is another story that brings light to what is on the surface.” This is true in the story of every prisoner I have met. There are evil people in prison. There are some who should never again be entrusted with freedom beyond these stone walls, but they are a small minority. For the vast majority of prisoners I have met, restoring justice to their lives and restoring their freedom is a singular goal. The problem is that there is very little that happens in a one-size-fits-all prison that helps bring that about, and there is a lot in prison that actually works against it.

Read the blog post by Father Gordon MacRae, an innocent man in prison.

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

A New Prison Post From my Friend Gunther Fiek

April 30th, 2017

“Being a Christian and living that life in prison is certainly challenging. But who said that the Christian life would be easy? Some of us were believers before we came to prison. Some of us came to know God here in prison. Some of us might have short sentences while others might be here for a while. Whatever the case may be, I believe that being a Christian in today’s world is probably just as difficult as the persecution that Christians of the first few centuries endured. Our beliefs and what we stand for as believers are under attack by a world that seems to turn more secular every day.”

Read Gunther’s full post.

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

The big lie about sex offenders

April 22nd, 2017

“In the most comprehensive single study on reoffense rates to date, the U.S. Department of Justice followed every sex offender released in almost 15 states for three years. The recidivism rate? Just 3.5 percent. These numbers have been subsequently verified in study after study.”

Read the article by Radley Balko in The Washington Post.

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

Jesse Friedman’s NYS appeals court date set

April 18th, 2017

Soury debated that claim, saying that the “Rice report” had made false allegations such as Friedman writing pornography while in prison and ignored “tremendous evidence” that contradicted the report. He also noted that five children who allegedly made claims against Jesse Friedman recanted testimony.

“We’re looking for justice. We believe our evidence is overwhelming,” Soury said. “It was bizarre at the time, but Jesse [Friedman] was in no position to fight this case.”

Read the article in The Island Now.

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

A New Blog Post From Prison

March 14th, 2017

From my good friend, Gunther Fiek

A Time for a Change

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

Constitutional Law and the Role of Scientific Evidence: The Transformative Potential of Doe v. Snyder

February 23rd, 2017

Abstract: In late 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s concluded in Does #1–5 v. Snyder that Michigan’s sex offender registry and residency restriction law constituted an ex post facto punishment in violation of the constitution. In its decision, the Sixth Circuit engaged with scientific evidence that refutes moralized judgments about sex offenders, specifically that they pose a unique and substantial risk of recidivism. This Essay is intended to highlight the importance of Snyder as an example of the appropriate use of scientific studies in constitutional law.

Read the article by Melissa Hamilton in the Boston College Law Review.