Archive for February, 2018

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

“Whether formulated for political organizing (the right’s ‘Save Our Children’), or inflated/concocted from real claims (the priest scandal), or entirely concocted (the day-care frenzy), or fueled by exaggerated statistics and unstable definitions (the college ‘hunting ground’), these panics have shared features. Sex figures as a preternatural danger, emotion swamps reason, monsters abound, and protection demands any sacrifice.”

Read the article by JoAnn Wypijewski in The Nation.

Should the Sex Offender Registry be Abolished? A Live Debate

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

For the affirmative: NCRJ Director Dr. Emily Horowitz

For the negative: Marci Hamilton from CHILD USA

Watch here.

Send Bob Halsey a Birthday Card

Tuesday, 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

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

Wednesday, 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.

A new prison post from my good friend, Gunther Fiek

Monday, February 5th, 2018

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

Loathsome Massachusetts

Saturday, 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.