FAMM Applauds Senate Passage of the First Step Act

WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan passage of the First Step Act (S. 3747) by a vote of 87 to 12: “This is not simply a matter of policymaking to us. This is about people – specifically, the people we have gotten to know in the last 27 years while promoting these reforms. This bill is...

Challenging Views on Sex Offender Laws

Master Thesis by Fresno State student Studied California Sex Offender Laws and Student Attitudes He surveyed more than 400 students on campus in spring 2018 to test whether their attitude on sex offender laws could be changed by providing expert information on current law and what experts view as better solutions than the lifetime registry, such as prevention and rehabilitation. "It was three different things that we tried...

Voting Rights Restoration

A State-By-State Guide [caption id="attachment_1035" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Restoration of Voting Rights for Felons -- Click Here[/caption] From the National Conference of State Legislatures — NCSL comes this state-by-state guide of the allowances for the restoration of voting rights. Two states, Maine and Vermont never restrict voting rights for felons. In fourteen states and the District of Columbia, loss of voting rights is forfeited only during incarceration. The remaining...

1 in 5 Adults on Probation or Parole in the U.S.

[caption id="attachment_976" align="alignleft" width="195"] Click image to go to this article.[/caption] Better strategies can cut that rate while protecting public safety, decreasing drug misuse, and reducing incarceration More than a decade ago, policymakers around the country seeking to protect public safety, improve accountability, and save taxpayer dollars initiated a wave of bipartisan reforms that has reduced the number of people behind bars in many states. Because of their...

Book Ban in PA. Prisons Lifted

[caption id="attachment_973" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click to go to this article.[/caption] Since late summer, Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections has been rolling out enhanced security measures designed to stop the flow of drugs into prisons. One of those changes included restrictions on book gifts and donations. But after pushback from several inmates’ rights groups and book donors, the department is making changes once again. WHYY Philadelphia, PA

Maintaining the Constitution’s separation of powers

Supreme Court to Hear Gundy v. United States. [caption id="attachment_821" align="alignleft" width="300"] Separation of Powers[/caption] Of course Mr. Gundy has much at stake personally in the outcome of his case. But so do we all, for the decision in Gundy may have broad implications for the way fundamental separation of powers principles are enforced. This is because Mr. Gundy claims SORNA violates the “nondelegation doctrine” which, at least in theory, prohibits Congress from delegating to any...

Virgin Companies “Breaking Barriers” Program

At Virgin, our people are our greatest asset and we see the strength and value in our differences. We’re always striving for greater inclusion and diversity in our global workforce. [caption id="attachment_799" align="aligncenter" width="300"] PRIDE Parade![/caption] In this article, Virgin founder, Richard Branson, lists his top 10 quotes from around the spectrum. Read all 10 here! Also, check out this article about Virgin's reentry program for former prisoners in...

Book Shelf

The Marshall Project presents... The Picks of 2017 - The best criminal justice books we read this year The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives By Jessie Eisinger (2017)       A Colony in a Nation By Chris Hayes (2017)         The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America By Richard Rothstein (2017)      ...

Constitutional Challenge in Indiana

Sex offenders sue over Indiana registry requirement 12/17/17 11:57 AM INDIANAPOLIS — Three men have filed a lawsuit over an Indiana requirement that they register as sex offenders when moving to the state, saying they’re being treated differently than other residents in similar situations. By: The Republic newspaper, 2980 N. National Road, Suite A, Columbus, IN 47201

Sex Offender Regime

[embed]https://youtu.be/3Z-bIkQUgmM[/embed]   Dr Roger N Lancaster is professor of Gender/Sexuality, Culture and Political Economy, Crime and Punishment, American Studies, Latin America at George Mason University. Solitary Nation Podcast is a media outlet focusing on criminal justice reform efforts. Matt Duhamel is a reporter turned activist creating independent films focusing on sex offender registry and criminal justice reform.

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