TTYL: SCOTUS Overturns Social Media Ban in Packingham v. NC

TTYL: SCOTUS Overturns Social Media Ban in Packingham v. NC

While the government must work to protect those under its reach, it also has to consider the rights afforded under the Constitution. North Carolina’s statute was so sweeping, it undercut basic First Amendment principles.

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One Strike and You're Out: Is Redemption Possible for Luke Heimlich?

One Strike and You're Out: Is Redemption Possible for Luke Heimlich?

Luke observes “the only way forward was to work each day on becoming the best person.” He understands ”many people now see me differently,” but hopes he “can eventually be judged for the person I am today.” It is incredibly senseless that the Oregonian is implicitly calling for more punishment. We should be supporting his rehabilitative efforts, especially if our expectation is for Luke to not harm another person.

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Response to: Say no to restorative justice for sex offenders

Response to: Say no to restorative justice for sex offenders

Michael Dolce, in an opinion published for the Hill, argues restorative justice is “horribly insufficient for handling sexual abuse but, in many cases, actually serves to leave an offender free to offend again.” Dolce’s argument evokes a “tough on crime” rhetoric, which is not only patently misleading but grossly capitalizes on fear-based responses to sex offenses. Other than perpetuating unfounded conventions, Dolce’s most egregious mistake is his failure to account for the nuances of sex offending.

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Is Queer Sex Legal? How Homophobia Is Fueling Today’s Sex Laws

Is Queer Sex Legal? How Homophobia Is Fueling Today’s Sex Laws

Gay rights groups have made great strides in repealing anti-sodomy laws on federal and state levels, and these efforts should be commended. And yet–prosecutions for sex crimes are growing faster than any other type of crime, with an exponentially rising rate of arrests and convictions. Gay men are arrested in cruising stings, HIV-positive men sent to prison for merely being sexually active, sex workers and “johns” arrested for victimless crimes, adults busted for sexy online chat with cops posing as minors that don’t exist, consensual teen relationships torn apart, and lives ruined by forced lifetime sex offender registration.

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Reflections on the Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference

Reflections on the Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference

We have to discover ways to improve the structural and institutional challenges in our community. As it is now, we have systematically oppressed entire communities with the end result of mass incarceration. Following incarceration, we often focus on, as Mary Gatta from CUNY asserts, short-term goals with reintegration and lose sight of long-term sustainability. We can, and must, do better.

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