Should “criminals” be left in prison to die of Covid-19? Some say yes

By Sandy . . . “Prisoner release schemes,” pronounces the heading of a piece by Stacy Washington in a Project 21 publication, “are total nonsense.” In this opinion she is joined by many state officials who, in spite of dire health warnings from the medical community, severely limit those eligible for early release or compassionate release to escape the almost…

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“I saw only the same quiet, gentle face I knew”

By Mark Thompson . . . My 77-year-old father is a quiet, gentle man, well-respected in the community, so we were all surprised when he was seen open-mouth kissing an 8-year-old in the backyard, in full view of neighbors and the kitchen window.  What would cause him to do a thing like that?  The victim’s parents called the police, who…

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Covid-19 and polygraphs

When NARSOL’s New Mexico affiliate Liberty and Justice Coalition discovered that the DOC was still requiring persons under community supervision to travel to a central location, often by public transit, and take a polygraph exam, they sent a cease and desist letter to the Corrections Department. LJC subsequently discovered that in-person sex offense group treatment sessions were also still being…

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