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How the Use of Improper Statistics and Unverified Data Corrupts the Judicial Process in Sex Offender Cases

We begin this Article by sharing something about our past legal practice careers, as we believe that is so relevant to the topic that we focus on in this Article. When Michael L. Perlin was a rookie Public
Defender in Trenton, New Jersey, in the early 1970s, he regularly visited the Menlo Park Diagnostic Center where some of his clients—those who had been found, in the phrase used then, to be “repetitive and compulsive” sex offenders—were housed.

When Heather Ellis Cucolo was a rookie Public Defender in Newark, New Jersey, in the late 2000s, she regularly visited the Special Treatment Unit (“STU”), attached to the state prison in Avenel, New Jersey, where some of her clients—now classified as sexually violent predators—were housed.

When the two of us talked about our experiences during the latter years, we were stunned at the similarities that we found: almost no meaningful treatment of any sort, prison-like conditions, and a population comprised of a minority of people whom we agreed posed a significant danger to the
community but a majority of whom had committed crimes involving no personal contact. Full Paper (pdf)

NOTE: Dr. Ira Ellman (ACSOL Board Member) will be a speaker at the ACSOL Conference June 14/15 in Los Angeles.

 

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  1. Tim

    @behold the power of the database.
    Very, very, very poor leadership! Indeed from both sides at the extreems.

    • Bill

      Why do we always say treatment !!
      What treatment, Castration, segregation, punishment, torture Chambers …prisons !
      Why don’t you try…
      Love
      Joy
      Peace
      Which means real family, friends and professionals associates to advance, mature, develop and establish normal behaviors and traits and STOP COMPOUNDING THEIR PROBLEMS !
      The answers do not lye inside a cage or with drugs or SILLY so called proffessionals in the field of sex Crimes !!!
      These men led lives of abandonment, abuse, self abuse to and neglect of their inner self, lost in a hateful world, some abused drugs and each other… We’ll, they need to practice good living !!
      Let’s help !!

  2. Bill

    What judicial process ?
    What we have for a fair, effective and honest Defense is a joke… that’s why we are so heavily burdened to backtrack the courts with such concepts as due process and the plea deals running hand over fist as many as the law can to puuush like all hell is freezing in ng over and get as many convictions as possible and weaken any appeal efforts and give little power to rebuttal or take a stand to clear some charges and lighten sentences !
    We’ll with no one guarding the so called guilty the law can just stampede any efforts to have balance, normality or fairness at all !!
    Analysis of the current laws, practices and systems say it all in the details…for instance how can we bind the hands of defense laws/lawyers by placing strict 2 yr or whatever the Hell the BS time frame is to file appeals, rebuttals et …I compare this crap shoved down criminal defense lawyers and clients like I do with statute of limitations of hernia implants…who the hell can dictate that all cases bodies are the same , i.e. my surgery did not show signs of problems until after that limit ,!!
    So now we see Victims get all the time in the World.. but defense can just shut up and go straight to hell !!
    Who in their right mind would agree this is the proper and just way to give all parties an equal and unbiased stance to propensiate all they can in the best interests and regard to clients and to uphold fairness in the judicial system ?

    • Bill

      It reminds me of Devil’s Advicate, instead of the Defense bending the rules in Real Life it’s the PROSECUTION allowed to do this !!
      WE HAVE, HAD AND WILL HAVE A SERIOUS FATAL FLAW TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE DEFENDANT’S BECAUSE OF LACK OF, EXCEPTIONALLY POOR TRAINED, WILLING AND ABLE DEFENSE LAWYERS AS WELL AS A BOMBARDMENT OF HORRIBLE LAWS PASSED DIRECTLY AFFECTING THOSE ACCUSED !!!
      WE NEED LAWS OASSED IN OUR FAVOR!!!
      BETTER OPTIONS FOR REHAB
      BETTER LAWS FOR TIME IN/OUT PRISON
      BETTER LAWS GOVERNING SPECIAL MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT Before, DURING and after TRIAL, convictions and better Representation at state Capitals to STOP THE EXCESSIVE PUNITIVE BASED LAWS !
      THANKS !!!
      IM HERE AND
      IM HEARING THOSE WHO WANT TO TALK TO ME JUST POST !!
      HI Janice …
      HATE TO TELL YOU THIS BUT WE NEED SPECIAL CIVIL, AND CONSTITUTIONAL AS WELL AS HUMANITARIAN SWAT TEAMS GOING TO RESCUE ABD SUPPORT THOSE ON THE REGISTRY THAT ARE JNDER ATTACK BY THE SAME GOVERNMENT THAT INSISTS ITS DOING THE RIGHT THING !!
      Hope you will Help with this Emergency insurgency Warfare Declaration, before it’s too late for these Poor Souls !!
      Thanks !!
      Hope you are well !!

  3. Bill

    Don’t laugh !!
    It is a Police State…
    Now they come to check at your home
    Now they file FEDERAL charges for stupid, petty things and are able to use Administration Crap to Convict again and again !!
    Now Severely over regulated about all kinds of Personal affairs.
    Now system locks RC in to Strict scrutiny and forces penalties for all kinds of garbage ,!!
    Now laws can impead a wide variety of necessary life functions and abilities as well as personal relationships !!!
    HELP JANICE AND ANYONE WE MUST GET A DEFENSE STRATEGY BEFORE ITS TOO LATE !
    We can slow or stop in many cases and ways the law is being used to Hurt RC…..Now is the time to Act !!!
    Please Don’t Wait !!!
    Send CIVIL, CONSTITUTIONAL AND HUMANITARIAN TROOPS TO DOCUMENT
    SUPPORT
    REPRESENT
    AND DEFEND THE OPPRESSED !!!
    THANKS SO MUCH
    GOD BLESS !!!
    Appoint people to Head new Operations in each City and State, we need Intelligence bases across the U.S
    We are about to get our Butts Kicked if We don’t do something different and Radical !!
    CASTRATIONS ARE STARTING
    LONG PRISON TERMS ALREADY BEGAN
    ABUSES ARE GETTING WORSE
    LAWYERS ARE WORKING IN STRICT VIOLATION OF ETHICAL CODES GIVING ALL PERSONAL/PRIVATE INFORMATION TO AUTHORITIES, THREATS ARE DAILY FROM POLICE, AND ALMOST ENTIRE LIFE IS SUBJECT THEIR WHIM !!
    I LIVE IN ALABAMA
    IM LIVING THIS HELL !!!

  4. Tim Moore

    O.k. I don’t want to sound nit picky, but since the authors are making the point that very few once convicted of sex crime re-commit sex crimes, shouldn’t they use another term than “sex offender” for those people who never again commit a crime? It just adds to the confusion. How about using “former offenders” or just “people that had a sex crime conviction?”

  5. Winston

    The scary thing is that “statistics” like the Static-99R scam have become untouchable. No one challenging how flawed the premise of 10 questions “predicting” peoples’ future — which is frightening. But yet government continues to come out with propoganda-like “studies” that go unchallenged and unquestioned.

  6. Richard

    I am in Missouri was looking up some news today and came across a case law update not sure what to think of it maybe someone with a better understanding can make since of it Basically looks to me that they are admitting how it breaks our unconstitutional inheritance here is the link copy and paste!
    https://www.smart.gov/caselaw/6-Other-Constitutional-Issues.pdf

    • AJ

      @Richard:
      What part are you looking at and what do you mean by “unconstitutional inheritance”?

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