Archive for December, 2016

L.A.’s proposed ban on single adults near playgrounds is fear-based policy making at its worst

Friday, December 30th, 2016

“Who wouldn’t want to ban creepy activity or creepy people from playgrounds? But what O’Farrell is proposing goes far beyond targeting worrisome activities that, in most cases, are already outlawed. It would bar any adult from sitting on a bench, exercising or otherwise enjoying public space near playground unless he or she brought a child along. Is this really necessary?”

Read the editorial in the Los Angeles Times.

There’s still time…

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

…to help the National Center for Reason and Justice and receive a tax-deduction for 2016.

NCRJ works to free the wrongfully convicted and to prevent future injustices through rational criminal-justice reform.

You can make a credit-card donation via PayPal (you don’t have to have a PayPal account to do this) by clicking here.

You can also send a check, payable to NCRJ, to

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Roxbury MA 02119

Date your check 12/31/16 or before for a 2016 deduction.

For those of you who have already given, we thank you again.

And we wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Highway – A New Prison Post From Gunther Fiek

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Those white crosses mark nameless people. Only a number can be seen in each cross. The cemetery off Highway 178 is where the Georgia Department of Corrections bury inmates “without family, friends, or a care from the world.” I couldn’t help but wonder whether that would be me one day. Or, any of the men I have met over the years. I tried to shake it out of my head. I prayed.

Read the full post by Gunther Fiek.

What the Pizzagate conspiracy theory borrows from a bogus satanic sex panic of the 1980s

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

“Pizzagate shares much of its content with an outbreak of collective hysteria over imaginary occult pedophile rings three decades ago, which can now summed up in three words: satanic-ritual abuse. At the beginning of the 1980s, it seemed eminently plausible to many people that an extensive underground network of sadistic devil worshipers was sexually torturing large numbers of children in preschools and day-care centers across the country — and that these activities had somehow gone undetected for years, if not decades.”

Read the article by NCRJ Board Member Roger Lancaster in the Washington Post.

Please Send a Holiday Card to a Prisoner

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Anyone who knows a prisoner knows how important it is to them to receive mail, especially at this time of year. Many prisoners receive no outside support at all.

I don’t care if you send a Christmas card, a holiday card, or whatever. Neither will they.

Here is a list of prisoners who’d be delighted to get a card:

Unfortunately, New Hampshire prisoners are not allowed to receive greeting cards of any sort, picture postcards, or any typewritten or printed material. Only handwritten letters on stock paper are permitted.

-Bob Chatelle



A new post from Gunther Fiek

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

“I looked forward to the weekends and holidays because my window gave me a view of family and friends that were coming in to visit their loved ones. I could see individuals of all ages, families, elderly, children, …etc. I wondered: that is someone’s mother, father, wife, girlfriend, or kid. Needless to say, the time I really took advantage of that sight was when my family was coming to visit me. Sometimes I could see them drive in and park. I could see them going through the main front gate, walk through the open walkway to the main building where they would go through a security check and register. A few minutes later I was being summoned to the visitation room.”

Read Gunther’s full post.