Friday, March 14, 2014

MI - Concentration Camps, Mass Paranoia, and Mass Panic with author Shaun Webb

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By Activist Central

Orwellian style novelist Shaun Webb, author of “Behind the Brick” is about a sex offender concentration camp – A futuristic political drama which also deals with the sex offender paranoia. Other books to his credit are “Motion for Innocence … And Justice for All?”, “Black Jacks” and “A Killer for the Queen”.

Mr. Webb is a full time writer and lives in mid-Northern Michigan with his Border Collie Cody. A Motion for Innocence has reached #1 on three Amazon charts: Perspectives of Law, Conflicts of Crime and Court systems.

He is currently working on a new 4 book series entitled Jody Madison. This work deals with young people and bullying. Characteristics include, but are not limited to, the supernatural, bullying (of course), an old oak tree and an entity that befriends the bullied Jody. The book will be released in 4 segments (serial). 2 books in 2014 and 2 in 2015. The work will cover each season of the year.

WI - State Supreme Court To Consider Extended Confinement For Sex Offenders

Civil Commitment
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So when are we going to start extending the time other ex-felons get once they are out of prison? Say a murderer or gang member comes out after 25 years, are we then going to evaluate them and then sentence them to more time behind bars in a commitment center because they are still a threat? Why do we do this for only ex-sex offenders and not all other dangerous criminals?  This is pretty much double jeopardy, sentencing someone twice for the same crime, just worded differently, in our opinion.


By Gilman Halsted

The state Supreme Court is considering a case that could limit the ability of prosecutors to use Wisconsin's sex predator law to lock up sex offenders for longer than their original sentence.

_____ was convicted of first degree sexual assault of a child in 1992. He served time in prison and was released on parole. In 2006, the parole was revoked because he told his parole agent he had touched his nieces and nephews in a sexual way. He was convicted of four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault of a child.

The state Supreme Court overturned that conviction in 2009, however, because his confession was coerced.

Now the state is seeking to commit _____ to the Sand Ridge treatment center as a sexually violent person, based on his 1992 conviction.

_____'s lawyer, Shelly Fite, told the court this week that the civil commitment law known as “Chapter 980” doesn't apply in this case, because a petition for commitment has to be filed before an offender is released from prison. “If he doesn't come within 980, then he gets to enjoy the freedom that anyone enjoys when they reach the end of their sentence,” Fite said.

The prosecutor for the state, Warren Weinstein, says despite his conviction being overturned, _____ did confess to committing a crime that falls under the sexual predator statute.

The purpose of this statute isn't to punish him for the crime,” Weinstein said. “It's to segregate him from society and treat his underlying mental disorder.”

A decision in this case could clarify under what circumstances the state can use Chapter 980 to confine sex offenders for treatment after they've already served time for their crimes.

How we were fooled into thinking that sexual predators lurk everywhere

Social Media
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This is a very long article but worth the read.

Creating a moral panic about social media didn’t protect teens—it left them vulnerable

This article is taken from It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, written by danah boyd, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and published by Yale University Press.

(PDF) Fred and Aaron, white fifteen-year-old friends living in suburban Texas, are avid gamers. When we first met in 2007, their mothers were present. I asked about their participation on social network sites, and they explained that they didn’t use those sites but loved sites like Runescape, a fantasy game with customizable avatars. Their mothers nodded, acknowledging their familiarity with Runescape before interrupting their children’s narrative to express how unsafe social network sites were. Something about Fred and Aaron’s gritted nod in response left me wondering how these teens really felt about MySpace and Facebook—sites that were all the rage with their peer group at the time. Later, almost immediately after I sat with the boys alone to talk with them in-depth, they offered a different story.

Aaron explained that he was active on MySpace but that his mother didn’t know. Since many of his friends were using Facebook, he would have liked to create an account there, too, but his mother had an account on Facebook for work and he feared she would accidentally stumble onto his profile. Out of deference to his mother, Fred had yet to create an account on either site, but he was struggling to decide whether to keep abiding by his mother’s restrictions going forward. Fred told me that his parents forbade him from Facebook and MySpace after seeing “all the stuff on the news.” He said that his parents were afraid that “if I get on it, I’ll be assaulted.” Aaron chimed in to sarcastically remark, “He’ll meet in real life with a lonely forty-year-old man.” They both laughed at this idea.

Neither Fred nor Aaron believed that joining MySpace would make them vulnerable to sexual predators, but they were still concerned about upsetting their mothers. Both felt that their mothers’ fears were ill founded, but they also acknowledged that this fear was coming from a genuine place of concern. Although their demeanor was lighthearted, their discussion of their mothers’ fears was solemn: they worried that their mothers worried.

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