First off, we are trying something new. Each week, we plan on sending out with one of our posts a list of all Supreme Court cases that were granted in the past week, as well as each one that is set for arguments sometime that week. While we don’t have a synopsis of what the case is about (yet), we can at least let you know if a case you had been monitoring has been granted cert or has been argued before the court.
While many federal prisoners and their families await the outcome of the First Step Act, many senators are still not on board. According to the executive director of Justice Action Network, Holly Harris, “70 to 80 senators already support the proposal.” One of the holdouts is Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas). Continue reading “Cotton’s Lies Lead to Others Against First Step Act”
In the November 2018 issue of Prison Legal News, an article on how the #MeToo movement has impacted federal judges, the sobering information that, for six of the past 11 years, not a single federal judge has been reprimanded came to light. Worse, the scarcity of even an investigation is breathtaking. In 2015, only four out of the 1,214 complaints made were given a serious inquiry. Likewise, in 2016, it was only four out of 1,303. Continue reading “The Failure to Hold Judges to Account”
The Arizona Supreme Court recently overturned a state ban on bail for people accused of sexual assault “when the proof is evident or the presumption great,” holding that the categorical exclusion violated due process. Critics are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, and their arguments highlight the continuing influence of misconception about the “frightening and high risk of recidivism” among sex offenders. Continue reading “The Fake Statistic That Won’t Die”
Editor’s Note: With Thanksgiving just a few days away, all of us at #BackSoSoon would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I know this time of year is tough for most of us. It is especially tough for me because I will be released two days before Thanksgiving in 2020 and thus I am anxiously awaiting the day. Take time to reflect on what you are thankful for and don’t necessarily look towards the negative. I am thankful for having a wonderful family who have stuck with me for nearly the past decade, as well as friends and associates. I am also thankful for people like Jackie, who without her help, #BackSoSoon would not be possible. So please everyone if you appreciate everything we share, send her a message and tell her thank you as well.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday though, we will not be posting this upcoming Friday. In the event there is some type of breaking news, we will let you know as soon as possible. Until then, we hope you enjoy this week’s post by K.S. Remember that all views and opinions are that of K.S. and not necessarily those of #BackSoSoon.
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Richard was released from federal prison earlier in the year. I had a chance to speak with him and ask some questions on what all is required to successfully reintegrate back into society. Below is an excerpt of my interview. Please note that it has been edited for length and clarity. Continue reading “Starting Over: Reentry Tips from a Sex Offender”
Editor’s Note: Make sure you check out Friday’s post as I speak one-on-one with a recently released sex offender from federal prison. In that article, Richard, will detail the struggles he’s had to deal with over the last 5-6 months, as well as putting to rest some of the rumors that many people assume. So don’t forget to share everything with your friends. Our Corrlinks address is at the bottom of this message, as is our website address. Continue reading “Is Porn Worse than Terrorism?”
Every year, sadly, thousands of veterans are placed through the criminal justice system. Most of their problems may not even be there own, but rather based on issued that stem from their service. I am going to take a break and go personal for a minute. I had a friend named Justin. When I was in elementary school, Justin was two years younger than me, but in my brother’s fourth grade class. He had moved off and when I was a senior in high school, he came back to my town and we actually became really good friends. Continue reading “Helping Our Veterans”
Editor’s Note: In the past few weeks, news has surfaced of several incidents in which individuals have been arrested and charged with child pornography. While this doesn’t seem like a big deal, the problem is, the defendants all had sexual relationships with the minors. Yet, in each of the cases, the minor had reached the age of consent according to that state’s laws, but because pictures were taken, it became a federal porn case. Continue reading “Redefining Childhood”
Author’s Note: Well, our hands and our brain have different ideas and this post to the wrong person. So, we apologize for the delay as we are now just getting it posted. Continue reading “A Look at the First Step/Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act”