Archive for the ‘Sex Panic’ Category

A New Prison Post From my Friend Gunther Fiek

Sunday, 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.

The big lie about sex offenders

Saturday, 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.

Jesse Friedman’s NYS appeals court date set

Tuesday, 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.

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

Thursday, 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.

2016 Crime Review: A look at the effectiveness of sex offender registries

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

“It’s really clear that all of the evidence and all of the data shows that most sex offenses are committed by first-time offenders,” said Emily Horowitz, professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Francis College. “For whatever reason, people who are on the registry have a very low recidivism rate, and if one is really concerned about decreasing sex offenses, they kind of have to look elsewhere instead of people who have already been convicted of sex offenses.”

Read the article by Joshua Vaughn in The Sentinel.

Teen Girl Sent Teen Boy 5 Inappropriate Pictures. He faced Lifetime Registry as a Violent Sex Offender or 350 Years in Jail.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

“Zachary, now 19, is in jail awaiting sentencing for five pictures his teenage girlfriend sent him of herself in her underwear. He faced a choice between a possible (though unlikely) maximum sentence of 350 years in prison, or lifetime on the sex offender registry as a “sexually violent offender”—even though he never met the girl in person.”

Read the article by Lenore Skenazy in Reason.

Wildfire – a New Prison Post by Gunther Fiek

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

“An accusation is like a spark that can easily start a wildfire and, if not handled or contained properly, can quickly spread out of control thus creating panic in a community. When authorities are unable to recognize in what direction the wind is blowing, they fail at the very task they were trained to do and the misused of the tools that guarantee to extinguish that wildfire become obsolete. The wind can then blow embers and ignite multiple wildfires. The media is like a gust of air that does nothing more but feed the fires by inflaming people’s passions. When it is all over, the damage is widespread and nothing will ever be the same, for anyone, as it will take time to recover — if ever. However, after all the destruction and everything has been left in ruins, one can only go through the rubble and hopefully find the pieces necessary to help you determine how it all started, what was done wrong and how another spark can be prevented.”

Read the full post by Gunther Fiek.

Please Send Bob Halsey a Birthday Card

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Bob Halsey turns 88 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
POB 1218
Shirley MA 01464

The government made me a sex offender

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

‘People in the lobby were staring at me. Women and men backed away, and a pathway straight to the door was cleared. I suddenly realized what had happened. I’m a sex offender. I mean, they think that I’m a sex offender. “It’s not me. There is someone else with my same name and birthdate. I promise. This has happened to me at the border several times. Please, check again. Run my license number rather than just my name. Check whatever you have to check. It’s not me.”’

Read the article by David Miller in the San Diego Reader.

Superior Court questions whether Common Pleas judge is over-punishing sex offenders

Monday, January 16th, 2017

“There will always be cases where circumstances call for, if not practically compel, sentences which exceed the standard guideline recommendations,” Judge Bender wrote, noting that trial judges have wide discretion. “However, we expect that sentencing courts understand that a standard range sentence is the norm and, consequently, that sentences which exceed (or fall below) the standard recommendation should be relatively infrequent by comparison.

“The appearance of bias, and doubt regarding a court’s commitment to individualized sentencing, both rationally emerge when such a pattern of routine deviation from sentencing norms is demonstrated by adequate evidence.

Read the article by Paula Reed Ward in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.