Nick Dubin, PsyD, is a consultant who helps with Foglight Strategies’ mitigation efforts. Nick has a Doctorate in Psychology and Masters in Special Education. He also has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is characterized in part by a difficulty in intuiting why certain courses of behavior are inappropriate. Nick, like many others before and after his case, had his life shattered when he was federally charged with the possession of child pornography. Nick was evaluated to be a low re-offense risk. Despite this, federal prosecutors went forward with the case, and he received a virtually unheard of result of probation in federal court. Even with excellent legal representation, which prevented him from likely victimization in prison, he still has to register as a sex offender for life.
As registrants and their families know, a sex offense conviction, no matter how mild or severe, is a social death. Getting employment for survival is extremely difficult. Even criminal justice reform organizations have been slow to hire formerly incarcerated people. In 2017, ACLU hired Bill Cobb, a Black man who had spent six-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of robbery, kidnapping, and other offenses. This was a big step for the ACLU. Law schools seemingly beat the curve, with formerly incarcerated professors at Georgetown Law (Shon Hopwood) and Michigan State University College of Law (Dan Manville). The former robbed several banks, and the latter was convicted of manslaughter. However, both of them are white, and have the privilege that accompanies whiteness in our society.