The WAR Call May 2019

This is the 3rd edition of our Periodic Newsletter; a National publication from Women Against Registry. Click on the “Read More” link to view the pdf of the newsletter.

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The WAR Call May 2019 Condensed

This condensed 3rd edition of our newsletter is a B&W version with pictures and graphics removed. It is designed to be sent to prisons with restrictive mail limitations. Click on the “Read More” link to view the pdf of the newsletter.

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Wisconsin, Illinois sued over prohibition on name changes for persons required to register as sex offenders

May 1, 2019, 10:53 pm Attorneys sued Wisconsin and Illinois Wednesday over laws that forbid transgender individuals from changing their names if they have certain criminal convictions. Both federal lawsuits argue that the states are violating free speech

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ID: Sex offenders ask court to revive Idaho registry lawsuit

May 8, 2019, 1:46 pm A group of 134 sex offenders have asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court to revive their lawsuit against the state of Idaho because they say they were denied their constitutional rights when they

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Weekly Update 2019-05-07 (Recording ID# 26)

May 9, 2019, 11:14 pm Dear Members and Advocates, Legislative session is over and the one bill we were concerned about is dead. The last action on House Bill 987 is that it is “indefinitely postponed and withdrawn

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Reason: Florida Is Creating a New Sex Offender Registry Just for Prostitution Customers

May 10, 2019, 3:32 pm Florida lawmakers just voted to create a public registry of people caught paying or attempting to pay for sex. After an initial defeat in the Florida House of Representatives, the registry—arguably the worst

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Tell Lady Lake to vote NO on new sex offender residency restriction

May 7, 2019, 2:51 pm On May 20, 2019, the Town of Lady Lake Commission will consider expanding an already onerous residency restriction to now include PRIVATE parks in it’s residency restriction. The proposed broader restriction would leave

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A Difficult Gift to Give and to Receive

April 24, 2019, 12:46 pm Saturday night in our Restorative Justice club meeting we discussed forgiveness. This illusive concept incites deeply held feelings from those of us who long so desperately for our victims and victims’ families to

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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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How to Be Part of the Thirty-Three

National studies have shown that the average recidivism rates (re-offense rates) for citizens returning from prison is sixty-seven percent.That’s an alarmingly high number and clear evidence that the industrial prison complex’s methods of rehabilitation do not work. If

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Best-Laid Plans or Pipe Dreams?

Several months ago, a young man who had left prison from our unit on parole returned to prison again. When he went home, he had little to return to, and the allure of his drug addiction pulled him

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Proven Innocent

February 26, 2019, 2:39 pm In the ’90s and throughout the 2000s, television schedules exploded with new police and criminal justice shows. Law and Order (and its many offshoots), NYPD Blues, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Cops, and dozens

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Definition of “Juvenile” Gets a New Look by the Courts

Who hasn’t done something stupid as a child, only to regret it later? I think it’s pretty safe to say that nearly everyone has at least one story of a regretful decision born of the immaturity of youth.

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Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave!

Perhaps you have heard the colloquialism, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when at first we practice to deceive.” It may be a pithy saying, but it has teeth in prison. Some prison relationships are built on

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Separating Children from Their Parents is Not a New Phenomenon

Recently, news stories have dominated the media regarding the tragic separation of children from their parents who entered the United States illegally. I would guess that most people, regardless of political affiliation, find these stories heartbreaking and feel

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Learning How to Relax in a Muddle of Noise

“Ticket-free field house!” the unit officer called out over the loudspeaker. I stepped into the hallway, joining the crowd streaming from the dayroom and bathroom where they had congregated, anticipating the call. We merged into a tentatively shuffling

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Forgiveness is Hard, But is it Ever Deserved?

Forgiveness is hard. Shoot, it’s hard enough when the offense is personal but no lasting harm has been done. I think it’s just human nature to find forgiveness difficult. First, we want the offender to be sorry, but

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Windsor Locks, Connecticut – voters repeal law limiting sex offenders

WINDSOR LOCKS, Connecticut — Voters decided Tuesday at a town meeting to repeal an 11-year-old ordinance banning people on the sex-offender registry from many public places in town. The 50-13 vote came after more than an hour of

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Federal Lawsuit Against State DOC Alleges Due Process, Civil Rights Violations in Lifetime GPS Monitoring

A Chicago law firm has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections alleging civil rights violations concerning the use of GPS monitoring for sex offenders — many of whom have completed their sentences and are not

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Terror in an Imagined Nightmare

This past week, a friend of mine was told he had a visitor at the prison to see him. He hadn’t been expecting a visit because he knew the loved ones that normally visited him were not able

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