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New DOJ Report Demonstrates Stunning Disingenuity on Cases Involving Sexual Exploitation of Children

A recent bombshell report from the Department of Justice claims that the number of people prosecuted in federal court for commercial sexual exploitation of children roughly doubled between 2004 and 2013. Full Article

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  1. R M

    Thanks to Injustice Today for setting the facts straight.

    Suspects referred for the possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography (72%) accounted for the majority of all CSEC suspects referred.

    Most suspects arrested for CSEC crimes were male (97%), white (82%), U.S. citizens (97%), had no prior felony convictions (79%), and were not married (70%).

    Type of sentence imposed for convicted defendants in commercial sexual exploitation of children cases, 2004–2013… prison only 96.8%.

    So, 72% of the cases were for the “possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography”. When did taking a nudie of your underage self… become JUST a thing of the present?

    So, 79% of the offenders had NO PRIOR FELONY… only validates that the registry ISN’T working.

    So, 96.8% got ONLY a prison sentence… My arse…. They neglect to say the had to register and restricted for 10 years to life too, AFTER their confinement.

  2. AJ

    (*Shocked Face*) You mean DOJ is making up statistics to look like they’re accomplishing something that, in fact, they are not? (*End Shocked Face*)

    • Tim Lawver

      Ahhhh Behold, the power of the database! Besides unfettered use to spy on Americans, more racial balanced incarceration rates, and most important political security through mere appearance of reasonable intent. What else was gained for the surveillance state via the ruling in 2003 Smith V Doe decision?

  3. Joe123

    What an excellent article, full of common sense and critical thinking, which so many people lack apparently these days.

    “No other class of offense in the federal system (or, indeed, in many states) is characterized by such extreme sentences. As courts have noted, there is virtually no empirical or reasoned bases for any of these enhancements beyond naked revulsion and desire for retribution. Some scholars have suggested that such severe punishments represent punishment by proxy. In other words, they are intended to obscure and compensate for the failure of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute actual cases of child sexual trafficking and commercial exploitation. In seeking to justify such draconian punishments even for “end users,” prosecutors and others (including courts) have advanced a market theory — that even possession of such images drives a market for child pornography. The United States Sentencing Commission, in a 2012 report to Congress, noted that such arguments are without empirical support. Notably, similar arguments were made in support of harsh treatment of drug addicts in the 1970’s and 80’s as a way of winning the war on drugs.”

  4. AlexO

    “Whatever the underlying rationale, the draconian nature of these sentences has attracted attention and push back in recent years, including from an extremely unlikely group: federal judges, some of whom are recognizing the inherent unfairness of enhancements for these types of offenses, and beginning to impose sentences far more lenient than those recommended by the guidelines.”

    While I commend these judges imposing more lenient sentencing, just about any time behind the bars this would get it you is almost trivial compared to the Sex Offender tag one receives upon exiting. Reducing prison sentences will do little if they’re still handing out the RC tags like candy on Halloween. I personally would’ve gladly done more time behind bars if it meant I could actually get back to my life once I was done.

    • AJ

      handing out the RC tags like candy on Halloween.
      Was this intentional, given the bans placed on Halloween? 🙂

      (My late English teacher would be dismayed that I’m no longer sure if it qualifies as a simile.)

  5. T

    Jeez! More and more junk phony statistics to make everybody believe in the truth of the frightening high thing just to scare and trip people off. They keep taking weak evidence and make it into strong evidence and make all seem believable. Remember, if you multiply any number with zero it is going to be zero no matter what the number is.

    • T

      I’m sorry I meant to say you can’t multiply a number with zero and get a number all except you get zero.

  6. The Static-99R Is A Scam

    Not surprising that the DOJ would write and twist words in a fashion to incite hysteria. Remember that now infamous DOJ manual cited in Smith v. Doe? You know, the one that makes its conclusion on a Psychology Today article?

  7. Margaret Moon

    Thanks to Guy Hamilton-Smith for finding the DOJ report that backs up my oft repeated assertion that many reasons mentioned in this article are exactly why non-contact CP offenders will be on tier 3 of the last, precipitously passed, California tiered registry. While some contact offenders will be in lower risk levels. There is lots of federal funding for training and running the special task forces which come out and arrest offenders. The software and ISPs catch them. And the agents are chosen from local law enforcement agencies, allowing them extra pay and job security. CP offenders are plentiful, an easy target, easy to convict, and generate so many jobs in the “containment” industry.

    • Matt

      Margaret moon, you’re so right. They’re easy convictions. I was 19 when I got my apartment raided by every law enforcement agency known to man. I was a dumb kid using a file-sharing program (limewire) for downloading music and movies, with some porn of course ( I was 19…) and had come across some child porn amongst everything I downloaded. Thought nothing of it, but apparently the police were watching, and when they raided my apartment I was scared to death and told them I had seen it but wasn’t searching for it. Either way there went an automatic conviction with an admission of guilt. I wanted to take it to trial, because I believed I could explain the situation to a jury and maybe they would understand. My parents weren’t gonna have it and risk me going to prison for 50 years when the prosecution was offering me a plea deal of 18 months with 1 year probation. At sentencing the prosecutor tried to ask the judge to give me 5 years probation but the judge said no and also said if it were up to him I shouldn’t have to register as a sex offender(it recorded him saying that in the court minutes of my case). Unfortunately the judge I had passed away while I was incarcerated. But because I was a dumb kid that downloaded some porn I’m now labeled amongst the worst of the worst in society with no distinction and face harsh penalties if I fail to comply with my registration stipulations. I tend to be more conservative politically, but at this point I’m all for them to start trying to make public gun registries and registries of all the sorts, that way the people with money and support can argue the punitive nature of such registries for us and give us case law precedence

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