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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A New Blog Post From Prison

March 14th, 2017

From my good friend, Gunther Fiek

A Time for a Change

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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.

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Use Amazon Smile to Support the NCRJ

February 20th, 2017

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

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.

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

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.