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AP: Many Sex Offenders Killed in California Prison

The AP has a new article about the disproportionate murder rate of incarcerated sex offenders. This is definitely worth a read, exposing the unique, often violent, challenges those accused or convicted of sex crimes face in the criminal justice system. Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard...

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Queerly Precedented: More Gay Bias in Sex Offender Registration

An LA Times article reported that the California Supreme Court overturned People v Hoffsheier (2006), in which they ruled that mandatory registration for one sex crime and not another violates equal protection. Last Thursday, the courts decided, in Johnson v Department of Justice (2015), “that adults convicted of engaging in...

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Gay Male Youth Sexual Conduct Policed and Punished More than Other Youths

Kaitlyn Hunt is an 18-year-old registered sex offender currently under house arrest for two years before she begins three years of probation surveillance. Her crime? As soon as she turned 18, the parents of Kaitlyn’s 14-year-old girlfriend turned her in to the police for child sex abuse. The case has...

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Salon: Report on Josh Gravens’ Letter to Lena Dunham

Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory posted this great interview with Josh Gravens about his open letter to Lena Dunham. We are glad to see more people being enlightened about the issue of juveniles on the registry. As so many have done recently, Josh Gravens wrote an open letter to Lena Dunham. It read, “Many...

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LA Times: San Bernardino Inmates Allege Gay Discrimination in Jail

LA Times writer Hailey Branson reports on a new lawsuit against West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for discrimination of queer inmates. We encourage any readers with experience in gay/LGBT housing units who want to share their stories to contact us at info@centerforsexualjustice.org: San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies called gay, bisexual...

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Video: More Laws Equals More Violence–Criminalization as a Failed Strategy for Anti-Violence Movements

This incredibly on-point video created by The Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Columbia Center on Gender and Sexuality Law explains the many reasons why fighting for more punitive measures counteracts any agenda to reduce violence. The wonderful Dean Spade, Andrea Ritchie, Shira Hassan, and others talk about...

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NY Times: Lawyers Challenge Lewdness Arrests at Port Authority Bus Terminal

Kudos to the The New York Times for reporting on the anti-gay stings that still persist in our most “gay-friendly” cities. Port Authority Police are arresting men for allegedly masturbating at urinals, despite any evidence or oversight. Some of the men arrested and Legal Aid Society are saying that the police are targeting men...

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Coalition Urges CA Governor: Protect Patients, Stop Gutting Confidentiality

(Los Angeles, California, August 20, 2014) — A coalition of nonprofits alarmed about the gutting of patient confidentiality urges California Governor Jerry Brown to veto pending legislation that requires mental health practitioners to police their patients and report a growing list of statements to law enforcement—or face prosecution and potential...

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CSJ Stands with Ferguson

The events in Ferguson, Missouri this past week highlight the very real ways that race and class are criminalized in America.  The unwarranted killing of Michael Brown at the hands of law enforcement is just another example of a system of police brutality that significantly impacts communities of color.  It...