Though we give lip service to the idea that our justice system is actually about seeing justice done, not just winning cases, “innovations” in the courts routinely streamline the process, making convictions easier to obtain and allowing the introduction of evidence which is irrelevant to determining whether the defendant committed the crime. Each new milestone distorts the truth finding process by painting defendants as unmitigatedly bad people who must have done something, if not what is charged.Continue reading “Restocking the Deck”
Most of us have been on the receiving end of misbehavior by prison officials. Trying to bring staff’s bad behavior to the attention of the higher ups is, at best, an exercise in frustration, and, often, futility. Poorly designed “remedy” procedures are staffed by apathetic and-to be fair-usually overworked aides who just want to quickly dispose of numerous complaints and move on to one of their other myriad duties. The actual signee, like the Warden, usually does not even read what they sign.Continue reading “Lessons from the “Remedy Process””
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part series on understanding conditions of supervised release. Continue reading “Conditions of Supervised Release (Part One)”
Editor’s Note: This is part two of four on the Supreme Court case Smith v Doe, in which it upheld the sex offender registry as constitutional. Again, all views and opinions expressed by the author (K.S.) and not necessarily that of #BackSoSoon. Continue reading “Reexamining Smith v Doe (Part II)”
Over the years, I have checked out numerous inmate publications looking for any type of reentry guides, services and so forth that could be beneficial. The most common one was resume writing and a few offer services such as setting up a pre-release address where you could have your mail sent to. Continue reading “My Favorite Re-Entry Resources”
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a four part series written by K.S. in regards to reexamining the Supreme Court case Smith v Doe in which it ruled the sex offender registry constitutional. Beginning next month, the Supreme Court will hear a case called Gundy, in which it will look at the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and determine if Congress improperly delegated the authority to the attorney general to make rules and regulations regarding SORNA’s implementation and execution. Also note, all views and opinions expressed in this article are of that of the author and not necessarily those of #BackSoSoon. Continue reading “Reexamining Smith v Doe (Part I)”
Note: Due to difficulties beyond our control, we are slightly behind on our posts and we apologize. We hope everything is fixed and back on schedule, but if you experience any difficulties, please be patient.
As most of us near the end of our sentence, we are all of a sudden bombarded with so many things we need. Obviously, the first thing we want to do when we get out is find a job so we can have some money. Well, there are a few problems with this. Without proper identification including a drivers license or state identification card, as well as a birth certificate and social security card, it is nearly impossible to accomplish this task. Continue reading “Preparing for Re-Entry”
Every year, over 600,000 individuals are released from some form of incarceration. Whether it be prison or a local jail, that is a lot of people that are coming back onto the streets each and every year. One of the issues is the reason they keep returning is not necessarily because they are bad people, but rather because they have not developed the skills needed to function properly. This lack of skills is sometimes their own fault. Some just have an “I don`t care attitude,” while others were never taught anything. Continue reading “Prison Education Programs”
The classification of sex offenders based on post-release risks they post to their communities [is] subject to racial bias, according to a study published last week in the Criminal Justice Policy Review. Continue reading “Racial Bias Suggested in SORNA Classifications”
For those of you with family members in federal prison, we now are available on Corrlinks. You can tell them to add the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be glad to add them to our newsletter.
It may take a few days for the request to be accepted, so be patient. We are still in the beginning phases of this, but hope to have everything up and running smoothly within the next few days.