Better to be a Murderer than a so-called “Sex Offender”

In 2007 I signed a plead agreement and went to prison for a sex offense. At the time the law in Missouri said in parole guidelines that I was required to spend 59 month in prison prior to

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IL State Rep Carol Ammons Talks about Transformative EM Bill

March 25, 2019, 4:54 am IL State Rep. Carol Ammons is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate the use of electronic monitoring for people who have completed their state prison sentences. Currently about 2,000 people are on monitors

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IL EM Hearing: First in the US

February 26, 2019, 3:16 am On Friday, February 22nd, members of the Coalition to Challenge Electronic Monitoring in Illinois testified before the state legislature’s house judiciary committee in Chicago. To our knowledge, this is the first ever investigation

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Fear Mongering Over EM in Cook County

February 13, 2019, 5:53 am In a TV news spot aired on February 12th, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart lashed out at activists and policy makers pushing for an end to the use of money bond and pretrial

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Meet Mike Nellis: Global Expert on Electronic Monitoring

January 28, 2019, 8:54 am Mike Nellis is one of the foremost international experts on electronic monitoring. Apart from his prolific writing he has also been a staunch advocate for the rights of people on monitors. He played

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EM Devices That Listen and Speak!!

April 16, 2019, 5:47 pm Kira Lerner of The Appeal has written a wonderful piece that unearths an electronic monitoring device being used on youth in Cook County, Illinois. The device, produced by the Track Group, features two-way

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Mass Incarceration Meets The Surveillance State: EM and First Step Act

December 19, 2018, 6:32 am This piece I wrote for Truthout contains my reflections on where this often confusing legislation known as the First Step Act is taking us in terms of electronic monitoring. I stress that we

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Stanley’s story as an Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled individual

Background on Stanley: Stan was born Jul 1990, there was difficulty during birth, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and cut of oxygen to the brain. Suffered from “seizures” from age one to age four, sometimes

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young innocent victims

I am 15 years old and have experienced far too much for my age. I have seen my father in handcuffs and seen him behind glass. I have sat in court and listened to all of his charges

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Problems with GPS anklets

Cecelia Klingele, an associate law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studies sentencing and correctional policy.   These are well worth the read to gain a better understanding of the problems with GPS anklets.   https://www.wisconsinwatch.org/2018/03/wisconsin-doubles-gps-monitoring-despite-five-years-of-malfunctions-unnecessary-jailings/ https://www.wisconsinwatch.org/2013/03/gps-problems-and-solutions/ https://www.wisconsinwatch.org/2013/03/lost-signals-disconnected-lives/ https://www.wisconsinwatch.org/2013/03/case-study-offender-racks-up-gps-violations/

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The Sex Offender Registry: Vengeful, unconstitutional and due for full repeal

The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that at least 95 percent of all state prisoners will be released from prison at some point. However, convicted sex-offenders almost exclusively face the vengeful, additional punishment of registration under the Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act (SORNA).

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For those not familiar with the above, it was adopted by the United Nations December 10, 1948, there were 58 founding members, the United States was one of those members? I am new to this site so if

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Sex offender registries

It is my opinion that sex offender registries are specifically designed to make a registrants life a living and totally absolute hell compliments of the federal, state and local governments, and just for fact they have absolutely zero

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Romeo and Juliet Law

I have a question I’m hoping someone can answer for me. My boyfriend was 19 and the girl was 15. They was a 4 year and 2 month age gap. Could he qualify for the Romeo and juliet

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Linda’s story

The love of my life is a sex offender.. .  He was charged with sexual abuse of children for having 5 child porn images?  There is no actual victim so how is that possible? We have lost everything

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Allison’s story

I found this group, Women Against Registry, through Illinois Voices for Reform and have become very interested in it. I am married to a former offender and have the same beliefs as W.A.R. I love my husband (D.)

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Recommendations for MN lobbyist

Does anyone have any recommendations for a lobbyist in Minnesota? Our juvenile son was just required to register. Brief synopsis of the case: 1. Issue sexting to 3 photos to one girl 2. Charge – felony level distribution of child pornography

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Jake 2016

This is a call for comments, presenters, organizers, advocates, conference producers: Your input is invited on a conceptual conference: Justice,Accountability, Knowledge, Equality — JAKE 2016, info about which isposted to the Team Jake blog https://jake2016blog.wordpress.com/ When you visit the

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