1/ Sunday thoughts (many topics incl pardon info). From the moment of my arrest in 2008, I began thinking about clearing my name. I remember when the officer took my belt and shoelaces for fear I might harm myself & I thought to myself "no way am I going out now-this humiliating
2/ moment can't be the end of my story. I have to figure out how to fix this." I was fortunate in that I was able to get out that night and never spent an evening in jail or prison. That weekend, I moved out of the house I owned with my then-wife and back in with my parents.
3/ My father, too, was very concerned -- I remember him hiding their pills. He'd ask me " do I have to worry?" I was at the lowest point in my life but I intended to face whatever was to come next. There were 2 years between my arrest and conviction. During that time, I wrote
1/ So much is presented as a choice: you can only show support for victims and survivors if you completely cancel and destroy the people who caused harm? Why?
2/ I hear “we need to center the victim.” We need to help the victims heal—ABSOLUTELY! But we approach the process in a way that perpetuates harm-it simple pushes the harm to someone else.
3/ Every case is unique and every person is at a different phase in the journey. Who are we to judge? Sure, we need to make it clear what behavior we deem to be unacceptable in society-and then we need to make room for healing. For restoration. For redemption.
1/ For a professional, collateral consequences can include being tossed out of networking groups which contributes to making it impossible to get a job in your field. I was kicked out of a group called The Financial Executives Networking Group.
2/ Before my arrest, I had helped a number of members. But, a few years after, my membership was revoked. I took it as another loss and never tried to reach back out. I wasn’t ready to advocate for anyone, let alone myself. But,
3/ a number of years have passed and I sent an email to the president of the organization today. I explained that I wasn’t writing for me, but for others. I explained recidivism rates and I talked about all of the good things I had done.
1/ .@abfrankel and .@JoshuaBHoe's conversation on probation gave me some flashbacks. Here's one I never shared. There would random drug checks at probation check-in. Keep in mind that substance abuse was never part of my history and there was no reason to think I would
2/ all of a sudden start using. But, I was still required to pee in a cup. If I showed up for my visit and I couldn't urinate on demand, I would be told to drink water and wait in the waiting room -- not just until I could go, sometimes for hours. That was a huge price to pay
3/ for the crime of coming to a visit with an empty bladder. But, here's the thing. Sometimes, you'd have to wait for an hour or two to be seen in the first place AND there was no guarantee of a urine test. So, many times, I'd sit with in the waiting room with the discomfort of
1of16/ As .@G_Padraic noted, #RBG wrote dissent to the judgment that declared that registries aren't punitive. Below, I captured her dissent without all of the citations and extra legalese. I also took out the specific case referenced. What's left is a beautiful, stunning read.
2/ It is unclear whether the Alaska Legislature conceived of the State’s Sex Offender Registration Act as a regulatory measure or as dissenting penal law. Accordingly, in resolving whether the Act ranks as penal for ex post facto purposes, I would not demand “the clearest proof”
3/ that the statute is in effect criminal rather than civil. Instead, I would neutrally evaluate the Act’s purpose and effects. I would hold Alaska’s Act punitive in effect. Beyond doubt, the Act involves an “affirmative disability or restraint.”
Thread 1/I’ve been on my state's Sex Offense Registry for 9 ½ years. I was placed on it for ten years, so I am scheduled to be removed later this year, in July. If we truly believe that the registry alerts people to danger (spoiler alert: it doesn’t), then it’s interesting
2/that at the beginning of the summer, I’m considered a threat to public safety, but by the end of the summer, I’m miraculously transformed.
In reality, the entire time I’ve been on the registry, I haven’t been a threat. It’s true I committed an offense in 2008. I was guilty
3/and I take responsibility for it. The moment I was arrested, I started a journey of self-discovery to determine why I would cross a societal boundary I knew was wrong. I studied, I read, I met with a therapist, I met with more than one rabbi, I meditated, I wrote, and I