Minnesota Lawsuit Tests Civil Commitment

” . . . it’s really important that our system of justice doesn’t decide things on whether we think the people are hateful or awful.”— Minnesota attorney Dan Gustafson, who represents the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Minnesota and its medieval civil commitment program.Trial begins Monday in federal court in Minnesota in a complicatedContinue reading “Minnesota Lawsuit Tests Civil Commitment”

Registries and Shaming Websites: Machinery That Transforms Victims Into Registered Citizens

Registries and public-shaming websites like the one we have in Nebraska do no one any good, and they inflict far more damage than our society is willing to admit. We are blinded by the fear whipped up by politicians and others driven by hatred who need to feel better than some group, in this caseContinue reading “Registries and Shaming Websites: Machinery That Transforms Victims Into Registered Citizens”

North Carolina Is Into Solutions, Providing Housing for Former Offenders

The most-read post of 2014 on this blog is about University of Nebraska-Omaha research showing that the state’s sex-offender laws and policies deprive people of their homes, jobs and family support systems. Even though former sex offenders have an extremely low rate of reoffense, one of the best ways to increase the likelihood of reoffenseContinue reading “North Carolina Is Into Solutions, Providing Housing for Former Offenders”