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Issues with the Sex Offender Registry

Sun, 2024-05-05 15:38 +0000

Constitutional Rights Attorney Kyle Mothershead is our guest.  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Local constitutional rights attorney Kyle Mothershead joins Levi Ismail on OpenLine to advocate for people who struggle with still being registered as a sex offender - even years after conviction.


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What is the "Right" Way for Youth to Navigate the Criminal Justice System?

Thu, 2024-05-02 15:53 +0000

This video is aimed at answering the question what is the "right" way for youth to navigate the criminal justice system? Jack Beckerman and I, Aanna Farhang, attempt to answer this question through interviews with experts including the Honorable Federal Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman, Professor Aliza Kaplan, Public Defender Matt Stevens, as well as the formerly incarcerated Trevor Walraven and Conrad Engweiler.

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MO: Louisiana Bill SB371 to allow judges to sentence child sex offender with surgical castration advances

Sun, 2024-04-14 15:39 +0000

March 27, 2024
R H     Source: 3/26/24

A bill SB371 to give judges the discretion to punish individuals who sexually assault a child with surgical castration advances from Senate Judiciary C. Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow’s bill allows for the sentencing of surgical castration if the victim is under the age of 13.

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Filming your front porch without a warrant is now fair game for the feds

Sun, 2024-04-14 15:31 +0000

March 21, 2024     Source: 3/20/24

A federal court says privacy rights are diminished due to the proliferation of video cameras throughout society

Law enforcement in Kansas recorded the front of a man’s home for 68 days straight, 15 hours a day, and obtained evidence to prove him guilty on 16 charges. The officers did not have a search warrant, using a camera on a pole positioned across the street to capture Bruce Hay’s home. A federal court ruled on Tuesday that it was fine for law enforcement to do so, in what’s potentially a major reduction in privacy law.

“Mr. Hay had no reasonable expectation of privacy in a view of the front of his house,” said the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in its decision on U.S. vs Hay. “As video cameras proliferate throughout society, regrettably, the reasonable expectation of privacy from filming is diminished.”

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Wisconsin, what are you doing?

Sun, 2024-04-07 19:43 +0000

April 4, 2024

Sandy RozekRetroactivity, Sex Offender Registry, WI SB874, Wisconsin

By Sandy . . . It is a given that if one is convicted of a crime, some sort of punishment will follow. Why? It has been thus from the beginning of time. The hope is that the punishment will evoke a repulsion toward the criminal act and the unpleasantness that resulted from it and cause a turning away from it. If the lesson is learned as intended, society benefits.

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Farewell: Many Thanks for Your Support and Help Over 13 Years

Tue, 2024-04-02 00:00 +0000

April 2, 2024

Dear CCJR and Community Members,

With a blend of emotions, including sadness, we announce the dissolution of Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform, situated in Concord, New Hampshire. Over the past 13 years, our mission has been to advocate for a justice system that protects our community while promoting the rehabilitation of offenders and supporting the well-being of inmate families. We firmly believe that a just and humane restorative approach to criminal justice is essential for reducing recidivism and creating a safer society.

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50 State Justice Data Snapshots and 5 Ways to Reduce Violent Crime

Wed, 2024-03-20 16:21 +0000

The CSG Justice Center’s nonpartisan analysts and justice experts have created two new resources to assist your state in improving community safety:

  • State Data Snapshots: This resource contains the most recent data for every state on crime, arrests, behavioral health, workforce, recidivism, and more. 
  • 5 Ways States Can Reduce Violent Crime: Through our research and work across the country and with the state and local leaders who serve on our advisory board, we have identified five strategies that states should adopt to reduce violent crime and improve outcomes in your communities. 

The CSG Justice Center is available to help you unpack this data and dig deeper into how your state can improve community safety! Please contact Madeleine Dardeau at to schedule a meeting with our expert staff.


Protect and Redirect: America’s Growing Movement to Divert Youth Out of the Justice System

Wed, 2024-03-20 16:19 +0000

Jurisdictions across the country are advancing reforms to expand and improve diversion, demonstrating diversion’s potential to transform youth justice in ways that protect public safety and enhance youth success.  Related to: Youth Justice, Racial Justice.

By Richard Mendel

March 20, 2024

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Hear Testimony on Why the Registry is Unconsitutional

Wed, 2023-09-27 15:03 +0000

Hear Testimony on  Why the Registry is Unconsitutional

With Great Sadness We Announce the Passing of Tom Adams

Mon, 2023-09-11 03:06 +0000

Tom has been actively involved with Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR) since July 2011, just six months after the organization was founded. His contributions to CCJR have been invaluable, as he has served as a faithful board member and volunteer, dedicating his time and effort to the organization's mission.

His roles within CCJR have been crucial to its success:

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Youngkin pardons Loudoun County dad convicted after confronting school board about daughter's sexual assault

Sun, 2023-09-10 00:00 +0000

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has issued a full pardon for a Loudoun County father who he says was wrongfully prosecuted and convicted for standing up for his daughter at a 2021 Loudoun County School Board meeting after she was sexually assaulted at school.

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Service to notify victims about offenders via texts, emails

Sat, 2023-03-18 18:37 +0000

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire is starting an Automated Victim Information and Notification System, to keep crime victims aware of an offender's status via text messages, emails and phone calls. Victim advocates will be registering crime victims, who will then maintain a personal profile to update their notification preferences and contact information. WATCH VIDEO

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Those in Prison, by Susan Zalatan

Sat, 2023-03-18 18:33 +0000

From Ex-con forum: Successful Reintegration Story

Sat, 2023-03-18 18:30 +0000
"I did 15 years in prison and when I got out it was like being on another planet. Everything had changed so much and it was so overwhelming, I couldn't even walk into a store or just be around everyday people without panicking and sweating, words couldn't describe how I felt…

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Join Webinar JAN 25: Challenging 50 Years of Mass Incarceration

Sat, 2023-01-21 18:56 +0000

Fifty years ago, the United States embarked on a path of mass incarceration that has led to a staggering increase in the correctional population. Today, nearly two million people - disproportionately Black Americans - are living in prisons and jails instead of their communities. In the early 1970s this count was 360,000.

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Primary Caregiver Bill - Sponsored by FREE HER

Thu, 2023-01-19 18:52 +0000
Please to Share the following: New Hampshire FREE HER Campaign and The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls is committed to abolishing incarceration of women and girls Campaign Kickoff event on February 6, 2023 from 6-7pm. Senator Perkins Kwoka, & Joseph Lascaze from the ACLU as well as a directly impacted mother. SIGN UP HERE

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Unique process leads to suspended sentence in hit-and-run

Wed, 2023-01-04 00:00 +0000

Families of suspect, victim meet to reach settlement

A man who crashed into a person on the side of a New Hampshire highway who was helping victims of a car crash was given a suspended sentence Wednesday after taking part in a restorative justice process.

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From all of us at CCJR - Merry Christmas

Fri, 2022-12-23 18:42 +0000

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'I'm Appalled,' Says Source of Phony Number Used to Justify Harsh Sex Offender Laws

Mon, 2022-12-19 18:25 +0000
Claims of "frightening and high" recidivism rates, endorsed by the Supreme Court, have no basis in fact.

A New York Times "op-doc" posted this week zeroes in on a persistent myth that has helped inspire and sustain harsh policies aimed at sex offenders: the idea that their recidivism rate is "frightening and high," as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy put it in a pair of cases decided a decade and a half ago. David Feige, a former public defender who directed Untouchable, a 2016 documentary about sex offenders, shows how an uncorroborated assertion in a 1986 Psychology Today article continues to influence the politicians who pass laws and the judges who uphold them.

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Department of Justice releases data showing impact of COVID-19 in state, federal prisons

Fri, 2022-08-26 16:11 +0000


New data from the Department of Justice is reporting the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in U.S. prisons.

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