registry matters as an independent production. The opinions and ideas here are that of the hosts and do not reflect the opinions of any other organization. If you have a problem with these thoughts fyp recording live from fyp Studios, east and west, transmitting across the internet. This is Episode 147 of registry matters. Larry, What’s up with you?
Well, we’re catching up with my age, we don’t have that many more to go to. We’ll be up with me. Not that many more. I,
Hey, I’ll throw this up on the screen for you. So I selected a photo of your I think that’s like your elementary school graduation photo.
Well, it actually will be a sketch. We didn’t have cameras back then.
How did you get everybody to stay still, for so long to get a sketch of like, 2030 kids,
it was not easy.
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All right, we have a truckload of stuff. We have an interview coming up later. And we have, I don’t know, 700 articles that you loaded us up. So it’s going to be a chop chop chop show tonight. And I want to start with a question that you threw in here and you may have slightly altered it. And so here we go, but
let’s do it.
Are you ready? Yep. Okay. I’m so confused about the registry. And the more Ellison of registry matters, the more confused I am. You too? I guess he would say you people keep insisting that there’s no federal registry yet. Everybody knows there is. What do you think that drew soden? I don’t know how to pronounce that website is? Is that not a federal registry? And the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard in my life is Larry keeps saying the registry is a non punitive civil regulatory scheme. It’s obvious he’s either on the side of the system. Larry, are you like part of the system? Are you part of the man a fair is he too senile to understand jack shit about registration? Any you know, anyone knows being forced register is punishment.
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How about that? that’s a that’s a lot going on there. So are you part are you like part of the system? Yeah,
he probably thought we wouldn’t actually publish that. But it’s drew drew should do now. We’ll see if the computer can Oh, again, spell that. We will see what the computer does. Oh,
I got I got the true part. Could you say the last name again? Sure. Diem? Wow, SJO di n is what that is. I can I can I take a first crack at the firt. Like the website there. The website is just an aggregate list of all of the people that are on registries in the States. This doesn’t indicate a federal registry. It’s just like a meta search. Let’s call it
fantastic. And that is what that that is correct of what that is. And if, for example, if you’re registered in a state where they do not list your registration publicly, you will not be able to look in through the national website and find the person there because it’s only a it’s only examination of what the state is revealing publicly. But when we say there’s no federal registry, what we’re talking about is there’s no federal agency that registers individuals, there’s no federal reporting. You I’ve been challenging to find out if any state has a federal registry office. I’m not aware of any. But if there is, please let us know. But there’s no federal registry. And that sense now there is the krushi website, and there is the there’s a person filed in the Indian CIC where the those who are registered are entered by the registering entity. And that’s the form of a national registry. But again, it’s merely is if they had issued they had listed a warrant that’s outstanding for you, there’d be a person file for that. Or if they if you had a concealed carry permit, they would they would in in error you and the person file for that information. And there’s a number of person files for missing people in for I mean, we could go on and on. But but it’s laid out. It’s not in that point
of view, anybody with a felony would be in that system to potentially so
anybody who’s ever had a warrant, even though the warrant is served, and they withdraw the warrant from active from active alert status, the fact the warrant was there is still there. But But as far as when we when we say there’s no federal registry, what we mean is that there’s no federal registration office to report to and my assertion is my personal assertion is that there is an independent federal duty to register and I’m not oblivious to what the court just recently said in the willmann case, it doesn’t change my opinion, one iota. But, but there is there is no federal register. That’s what we’re talking about.
And it couldn’t Couldn’t we point to some sort of specific Oh, US code, whatever it would be called? I mean, couldn’t we point to something like that to say, this is the code that says, here’s the federal registry? If there were one?
Well, we could and there is there’s there. That’s what the listener is talking about. There is the the data mall Schachter was that federal statute, but it’s largely, it’s largely a recommend a plethora of recommendations to the States, please do these things. So that we will have a more uniform and more cohesive, more workable system of registration, they did not create a federal registry. And they knew that there was that there wasn’t really jurisdiction to do that. Now, the current administration is actually trying to make it easier for there to be more reach in by the feds. And I’m very terrified, I think terrified might be too strong. I’m very concerned about what may happen. Once this these regulations are adopted after the comment period. I believe that many states will pass very vague laws that say that that that a person cannot be removed, if it would, if it would be inconsistent with federal sorta, but just data Bosch act. And I would be very concerned about that, because then the states that have petitions for removal, that would that would empower the judge to deny the petition, if if that person would have had a longer obligation under federal law. So if you’re in Arkansas, and after 15 years, you go to your local circuit court that convicted you, you file a petition, and if Arkansas doesn’t do anything, other than saying that you can be removed if you meet the following criteria, and then they add one more sentence that says or unless it would be contrary to the terms of registration, as suggested or as required by how they word it by the by the ball shack, then all of a sudden, you’ve got a new ballgame.
And something else in there says the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard in my life is that the registry is non punitive civil regulatory scheme. Like, okay, so you go to the office, and you do your registration. And that’s the end of the equation. Is that, is that a problem?
Well, the reason why we say that, because that’s what the courts have said, when they’ve examine the the requirement, because the mere act of requiring a registration for something doesn’t translate magically to be punishment. And we’ve said over and over again, that young man between 1826 are required to register for the draft, they don’t get a choice. They were required to do that. There is absolutely nothing punitive about the requirement. It is an order so that we have current information to contact the young man that only applies to young man between 18 and 26. And they are it’s made very easy for them to register and to keep their registration current. And if they don’t do it, they’re subject to a possible five years of federal imprisonment, and they lose student aid and all sorts of benefits and citizenship. But no one has ever argued that the mere act of registering for the draft is punitive. The mere act of of being required to register in and of itself isn’t punitive. So therefore, each time there’s a concern about registration, the challenging party has to show that that registration scheme, not the generic idea of registering, but that particular registration requirement has so many disabilities and restraints that it is punitive.
And that which would be potentially living restrictions, any sort of driving logs, which would be presence restrictions, things of that nature.
Yes. Like, like if you look at the decisions that were where things have gone favorably, you look at the decisions where things have not gone so well. This the jurisdictions that have more restrictions and more disabilities, or restraints have more difficulty with with the challenges they they lose those challenges. Recently, in the Miller vs. camper, which was originally built versus Rankin. They’re just what weren’t enough disabilities or restraints, and Colorado and it certainly did not rise to the level of being cruel and unusual punishment. And and and in fact, they found that there had been no previous decision finding the Colorado registry to be punitive, which was the step one before you get too cruel and unusual. But I understand registration probably as well as anybody out there. And no, I’m not a part of the system. But I recognize what what we can do in the courts and what we can’t do. And what we have to do in the courts is we have to bring challenges where clearly the registration has gone past what can be reasonably construed as civil regulatory. And we have to be prepared to finance these challenges so that there’s an adequate evidentiary record record built, which there wasn’t in Colorado, the lawyer did not have the money to build a record. She was thankful that the judge did one a lot of evidence. But those things are important, because the burden is on you the challenger. The law is presumed constitutional, and that’s what we’ve been hammering for almost three years we’ve been doing this program
And I really want to highlight the senile and jack shit part.
While senile, I’m not sure I’ve heard anybody say that before, but are you? Are the jack shit for it? I, I’m kind of recognized as an expert. So I don’t know where that comes from. But that that’s,
that’s an opinion, I suppose. So let me tell you about three ish years ago, I was going through my Rolodex and I was like, I was under the jack shit folder and saying, okay, who knows the least about the up Larry, that and I picked you because you’re the guy that knows the least amount this stuff. So that’s how we got started because you are the most ignorant on the subject for sure.
I appreciate that.
Yep. And that’s why we keep having you back week after week, because we’re trying to learn you about the whole registration thing.
That’s really brilliant. I really appreciate that.
And finally, anyone knows that being forced to register is punishment. But like you said, the act of registration, you know, we always use Vermont, and I’m sorry, Vermont. So you send in your little postcard every year, whatever the hell it is, as far as what their requirements are. But it’s all the other baggage the the North Carolina, the packing ham of having internet restrictions, having to release all of your internet identifiers, having relationship kind of restrictions, like all of that stuff is where the Paul highlighted in these terms to always use disabilities and restraints, it’s an incredibly powerful combination of words is to say, disabilities and restraints, I think that really sums it up incredibly, concisely, to describe what we’re talking about.
And to me of the seven factors, that is the most important of those Kennedy, Mendoza, Martinez, seven factors and in terms of the analysis of the court, you need to build a case around the disabilities of restraints, throw your recidivism in the dumpster, because that will not win your case. Because they try and they cocked their head every way they can to argue that it does not work. But if you actually show how you’re disabled and restrain, you have a lot better chance of success.
And to word that I guess to try and go the other direction where it even if we even if the recidivism rate were incredibly high, it could it could still be unconstitutional, the disabilities and restraints, those could still be shown to be true, and it would be struck down. We just try to use it to make people feel less afraid, I suppose is the way is where that’s coming from. And can you can you toss out your machine gun analogy?
Well, they they obsess over it because it was in the in the Supreme Court’s dicta. And they think that that’s the reason why the Supreme Court made the decision they did in 2003. And they did not make the decision because of that they made the decision because there weren’t any disabilities of restraints. And they said that repeatedly in the Smith versus doe decision. But somehow no other people focus on dicta, rather than what they actually said in their findings. And they, they they worry about that the Supreme Court was handed that as a fact from below, because the parties had agreed that since they didn’t do it through a trial they did for summary judgment of the opposing party, the defending party, they were entitled to have their facts believed that they said we would have put on had there been a trial. And for some reason that goes over even the legal professionals had, that if you do summary judgment, everything that you would have asserted as a defense is presumed true. The court doesn’t get to select what they want to believe you have conceded that that defense is valid. When you say there’s no material facts in dispute, you have acknowledged that they would have been able to prove that recidivism was high.
We need to we probably need to spend like a good portion of an episode talking about that again, of how did we get there with summary judgment, all that stuff? And so we’ll put that on the agenda for some episode where we can go into that in more detail. That would
be a lot of fun. And maybe we can have Paul come in because I’m sure we see several. There might be some difference that we’re talking about Paul doodling from, from
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audible he loved to have him on. So
all right, well then we will start moving on and knock these things out because we are already like 38 minutes in which you don’t know that yet. Because I’m tapped time traveling. There’s going to be another segment spliced in here somewhere but at the moment it’s 38 minutes but that’s not what it’s going to be on your timer right now. See how I’m doing tried to time travel right now. They’re a fantastic. Alright, from Trib live.com. Norman Reimer ag candidates must discuss a fixing trial penalty. I think what you are going after here is so you, you get offered a plea deal of like I described I think just last week, my roommate had offered a three to one for some, some kind of killing of his wife, ex wife, and ended up getting life in prison without parole. What is this case about?
Well, this is a case that’s in the federal system and the it was decided just the 28th of September, so just a few days ago, where a person had asserted that they were subjected to a trial penalty, and there is that is a reality of life and there, you can cut your head all you want to there will always be a trial penalty that we will never be able to stop a trial penalty. And there I go again, doom and gloom, right.
Yeah, I mean, I really didn’t intend to bring you on the show every week for 147 seven episodes just so you could be doom and gloom? Can you give us something positive? Well, the reason why you
can’t eliminate a trial penalty is because plea agreements, stop the judge from being able to do things that they can do at the end of a trial. When you go to trial, whatever the accumulated exposure is for the crimes you’re convicted up, if you get convicted of three counts in each one of those counts carry a maximum of 10 years, you’ve got 30 years of exposure. Therefore, nothing precludes the court from from imposing the 30 years. If you do a plea agreement, you have the the court is restricted, because hopefully your lawyer agrees, forces the prosecution to agree to a capital and sentencing. And sometimes that’s not possible. But sometimes you achieve the same result by reducing the number of counts, which reduces the exposure. If the if they have three counts, and they agree to drop two of them in exchange for the plea and do an open ended sentencing. That’s where the judge can send us then all of a sudden, that say there were three charges that carried up to 10 years each, you’ve cut your exposure down to a maximum of 10 years. So therefore, you don’t have the potential for the court to impose 30 years this case as about a person who decided to go to trial, because she wasn’t gonna take no plea for what she was accused of bilking Medicare, and Medicaid, health health care providers, she was in a conspiracy. And and one of the conspirators committed to tried to commit suicide, it became incapacitated and they weren’t able to continue the prosecution. They made plea deals with the other two. And this is the case of the United States versus Daniela gauloises. Wagner from the Fifth Circuit. case number 19. Dash two a 157. And she decided that she was going to go to trial. Well, what they did what her attorney probably didn’t do, I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing they didn’t do what I would have done, as I would have told her, because the original the original case, it was under the Obama administration. But when she didn’t plead, she she was indicted again, in 17. I guess what happened in 2016?
Unknown Speaker 17:54
Do you have any recollections the executive
and and and that led to a new head of the Department of Justice named Jeff Sessions and Jeff, Jeff Sessions gave an order early on in his tenure, to the to the assistant US Attorney General’s around the country to seek maximum counts to stack as many counts as you could. But prosecution because this was the law and order president coming in. And I’m in favor of this, Larry. And he also said seek any type of enhancements you can. So and so this administration, they filed a superseding indictment in 2017. And they added charges, she was originally just charged with one count. So they they filed a superseding a die, but they gave her two counts of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. And they added a conspiracy to commit money laundering. So all of a sudden, she had a whole lot more exposure. Because she didn’t she didn’t plead. So So her argument was that that she siphoned off the least money of the conspirators. But yeah, she got the most time. And and she said that the other ones took took plea deals correct. And the Fifth Circuit said, Nope, doesn’t work that way. Because you, although you went to trial, the trial judge mentioned several times in the proceeding that she had exercised the right go to trial. But they found out that despite going to trial, that he sent us well below the exposure that she had, based on the counsel, she got convicted, and she chose to expose herself to those extra counts by not pleading. Nothing stops the government from filing additional counts against you. If they have anything remotely resembles evidence that will support those and in this case that they apparently had enough to convince the jury because the jury was only out three hours. And I was saying what I would have told a person is if so if we had a case that was pending in 2016, I would have said, Well, you know we’re about to have a presidential election. And elections have consequences. Now, this candidate running on a load order platform, which says that we need to protect society from from for bad guys. And if they win, it may be that we don’t get the deal that they’re offering now offered to us again. And you need to take that into consideration when you’re deciding whether to reject the plate, and I’m not telling you how to play because you’re gonna be the one who does the time. But if looking at this voluminous amount of evidence, and I can tell you with with a fraud case like this, there would have been so much evidence they would have had, they would have had tons of it, you wouldn’t have been able to put it in document form, they would have gotten it, they would have gotten it on already called the thumb drives, I would have got there, we got the reams of evidence. And based on what I would dare say they could go through this. And I could probably dig up another counter to warn you. If they do that, that changes the equation in terms of how much exposure you’re going to have. And you need to take that in into your thought process before you let this administration leave office. But the average criminal isn’t going to think about that. They’re not going to think about politics, because I hate politics. It’s disgusting to talk about politics. And all that does is just get on my nerves. But those things that get on your nerves may have a direct impact on your life. In this case, it had a direct impact on her life. Because she got 20 years, she got to 10 years sentences stacked consecutively. And the Fifth Circuit said don’t no problem here. They send us below the guidelines and the guidelines, get the guidelines or what Congress has decided would be appropriate sentencing for particular crimes. This exposure was not decided by the judge. This was what you decided when you like to your members of Congress, that the proper penalty range would be for this crime, the severity level, you decided all that the judge did.
Unknown Speaker 21:53
Is there anything else before we move on?
Just like I just think that we need to our listeners need to take into account that what we’re talking about who holds the Office of President when it comes to federal crimes, there can be a significant impact on how the Office of the Attorney, the US Attorney’s offices operate in terms of what they’re doing. We give them credit for the first step act, although it wasn’t their initiative, they did sign it, they helped bring it to the finish line in a watered down fashion. They’re also imposing some very harsh sentencing. And we don’t need to lose sight of that. And that’s what I brought this article in for.
Gotcha, gotcha. From here, we’re going to move over to an article from Politico that is making a phone call from behind bars shouldn’t send your family into debt. We also have another article talking about something similar from current.com. But this one is I you’re gonna give credit to the current administration talking about this one, I believe, I am
indeed, the how weird. I know, we’re for all the criticism I get. But we try to we try to give credit where credit is due the set of sub the previous administration, at the federal level, now we may need to dive in just a little bit calls that originate and terminate within a state those are referred to us and prostate calls. And those have generally been regulated at the state level calls that originate and terminate outside of state those are interstate calls. And those are within the purview of the FCC. Well, that runaway previous administration, they decided that they felt they could regulate all phone calls. And they they put forth a regulation that that would have regulated kept calls it force it submitted that they were interested in five sets Interstate and and the the the the phone companies challenged that in court, and they took it took it on appeal to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and they won. And this is finally years later, the the current administration has decided that they’re going to they’ve put forth a proposed regulation to reduce the price of calls dramatically. I think it said 44% and there are some who think it should be even lower than that. But I’ll take whatever I can get I’m an incrementalist if if if this administration recognizes that the cost of stay in touch with loved one as too expensive and they’re willing to cut it almost in half? I’ll take it What about you?
Definitely, I just have always really struggled with the idea that you know, you’re in prison, this is the start of your rehabilitation, blah, blah, blah, oh, we’re gonna gouge the crap out of you for Christmas packages having stuff sent from home you know, or phone calls, and they’re gonna make it incredibly impossible for you to keep in touch with people on the outside and we’re gonna and I mean, it doesn’t cost you the inmate money. It costs your family generally I know people can some places can put money on their on their phone cards or whatever. But generally, it goes to the to the individuals on the outside to support this and that’s what this goes to is people having to spend a mountain of money to try and keep in touch with their people on the inside.
Well, we’ve talked about this through the history, the program. And the the flip side of that is that prisons are the most difficult thing to fund. Because of all the things, we’re competing for funding, when you run for office, try going out talking to one of your legislators that are running for reelection, I really want you to put a lot of emphasis on increasing the funding for the corrections department. And tell me, tell me how well that goes for you. And it just doesn’t have all the other glitzy things that governments do. Funding prisons just doesn’t have a built in constituency. So so they’re, they’re faced with trying to figure out creative ways to get money in the phone companies as technology advanced, figured out that they could provide an immense amount of security for institutions in terms of monitoring what people were talking about, and they offered the services. And then they offered a kick back of ships kick back a percentage of the revenue to the prisons, and desperate, desperate tempting, because when you’re looking at funding your presence, if you can bring in one or 2% a year from from from from from that, that that’s, that’s an offset that you can put into education or subsidies far more popular. They’re funding people, the taxpayers just do not like funding prisons. They think that people broke the law, they need the bare minimum necessary. We don’t need to be spending a whole bunch of money making mollycoddling those people and let’s see if I could spell mollycoddle.
In this particular article from Politico, it’s a good start is little subheading. It says under pressure from families and advocates of people in prison, Congress has been weighing legislation that would be a good first step in addressing the problem. In March, the following of the work of Senator Tammy Duckworth, and Representative Bobby rush introduced the Martha right prison phone Justice Act, which was included in the nearly three and a half trillion dollar heroes act now. So who were the two people that were sponsoring the bill? They’re they’re,
well, they are Democrats. But apparently this is something that has gained some bipartisan support, according to the article. But yes, those are, those are Democrats that have that have pushed that on heroes act is is a piece of legislation has passed the House in late May. And the Republican Senate has refused to consider it. In addition, they refused to consider a most recent scaled down version of the heroes Act, which cut about a little over a trillion dollars off of the price tag. And they’re not considered that either. But that’s a topic for another day.
Yes, I understand. I was setting you up to let you go on a little rant for a minute. What else should we know about this particular segment?
Well, we were just given credit for the for, for the Trump administration for at least the FCC commissioners recognizing that this is a serious problem. And it goes contrary to stated policy of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to keep loved ones in contact because it’s the best thing to improve the odds of success and and 44% reduction is a good thing.
Right? Well, we have an article over at USA Today it says police should not create crime. I we have talked about this on a number of occasions of how do you move someone how does something become actually entrapment of a cop like dangling the baggie of weed in front of you or something like that is that entrapment? If they if you somewhere in there, that the line gets crossed of them, staging something from them, enticing to where it actually becomes criminal activity. And this is a whole article that describes a scenario of almost like a ring of people that got trapped into being drug dealers all of a sudden and it was all set up by the government. Well, the law enforcement agency,
well, it was a it was an officer pretending to be a student. And dealing with these challenge. I don’t know how the politically correct term but but somebody students that are that are not helped me out here. But but they I don’t know if it was all to stick or what but anyway, they they, they
they were saying they were special needs kids didn’t necessarily specify how so
yeah, it they they took advantage of this. But when we talk about this, the reason why this happens is because the police have excess funding. And those of you who hear that term, defund the police. Please get it out of your vocabulary, and no one is talking about D funding the police and their entirety. What we’re talking about is reducing some of the excessive funding that would make the police agencies have to pick and choose and prioritize what they can do. This looks like it’s just stories remotely accurate. This does look like a trap. This kid had no intention until the until the officer named down that was supposedly a fellow student asked him how to get a hold of some drugs. And that that is The classic entrapment if the person’s predisposed, and they approach to the officer trying to find drugs, but the way it was presented as the officer approach to get,
which is almost now we we’ve covered stories on the PFR side of the house where someone goes on to an adult oriented place to maybe find a date, whatever. And they talk to somebody who is of age at the time, who’s actually a cop anyway. And then all of a sudden, at the end, like, Oh, wait, no, I’m, I’m 18 years old, I’m 13, I’m 14 years old, and then the situation changes, and then then they still go meet the person had they cut off conversation at that point, then nothing would have transpired further, but they went to the meeting, and but then there’s still no kids. So who’s the victim? Well, it’s no, that’s not what this article is about. But
it’s similar because like, say the the these are allocation of resources that if if we took our responsibility, and we told the conservative line, which is to look at each agency’s funding, and make them justify, we would have better oversight in terms of how they’re allocating the resources. And we would say, wait a minute, you’re actually putting resources in this area, and you’re looking for crime, you’re a solution in search of a problem. We need to pare back your funding. But But if you ever talk about reducing $1 worth of funding to law enforcement, somehow know that you want to defend the police, and you want to turn loose a tidal wave of anarchy. And that’s the way that they’ve cast it. If you mentioned about anything about cutting funding for police, you’re a gift the police
say same as if you say this, something like that about military. I was I was having a conversation. This is maybe a month or so ago, right. You know, when the defunding the police really started hitting a crescendo of his conversations. And he’s one of our people. So he’s a PFR. And he was like, our you can’t take away one red cent from the police jeep, because like, look at how safe The streets are, he was just going on and on and on. And anything, if you want to do anything, you would have to just completely increase funding to add into this other agencies. He wants cops to go there, full lock, stock and barrel, all the protective equipment and de escalate situations like Robocop would
so well, that’s, that’s tragic, because of conservatism really had any consistency in intellectual honesty, that would be exactly what you would do, you would you would look at every aspect of spending across the board, and look for ways to work more efficiently to innovate new ways of doing things. And if there’s things that could be removed out of place, hands that could be done more efficiently. You’d be all for that. That’s the true basis of conservatism. My friend way wasn’t my friend, but someone I admired in Texas Ray therapy, he used to, he used to espouse that he was conservative Democrat, and he said, but if we’re going to be conservative and intellectually honest, we need to look at all aspects of spending, and not have our sacred cows. The conservatives have their sacred cows, and they’re not intellectually honest. And that’s what really disturbs me. If we’re going to be efficient about the use of taxpayer resources. Let’s look at all spending with a critical eye. Shouldn’t
we then have like privatized police departments then? Because they would do it better, wouldn’t they?
Well, no, I don’t think that they imagined they would. They would magically flip flop on that one.
I know, I was like, I was like, oh, man, we should have privatized police departments. You know, get up who’s the who’s dick cheney’s group that was a zip Blackwater? Who was like the militia group that was being funded like by the CIA, or whatever. Yeah,
I think it might have been that long ago.
Yeah, it was a while ago. Okay, so then this one you’re like punting to give to me is from Fox says the truth about violent crime in American cities explained in 11 charts, and anything with mapillary you kick over into my into my camp. This is a piece that with in a whole lot of gory detail with all kinds of charts and graphs and descriptions talks about how crime is the lowest that has ever been in forever. But it also, you know, there’s a couple aberrations that since we’ve been on since the whole COVID, the human malware has started that there are specific areas where there have been upticks. But did you did you want to like try and cover anything in specific or do you just want me to ramble for five minutes? You can
ramble for a couple of minutes I I was fascinated by what I could understand. But I’ve been saying this for so long that I don’t know what else to say because people believe that crime is increasing. But the trends are just not there. I mean, you look at those charts way down there. There’s a header people believe crime is increasing despite alarm drop. And you look at the crime rates, which is what I presented at the National Conference some years ago, when when we almost had a suicidal the spot. You almost like spit on
your shoe on the spot.
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I should say help us address no suicide.
Yes, he was he was going to come after you. But so in specific areas, there have been an uptick. I think it’s even in this article that when talking about Portland, where like, there was a whole, like the number of protests that were happening after George, what I want to say the number was 1500. And out of that, it was in the single digits where things had gone violent. And then when they threw in the feds, then everything escalated, oddly enough. But then with everybody at home, all kinds of property, crime, all of like the whole range of crimes, except for things that would be occurring at home, some kind of domestic abuse, those kinds of crimes have gone up. Obviously, if you put a bunch of people at home together, they’re going to get irritated and maybe they start punching at each other. That doesn’t seem like unusual to me, or unreasonable to think that, Larry, if you and I spend a lot of time in the same hotel room, we’re gonna fight eventually. I’m just saying no. Commercial burglaries are up, I guess, recently since protests was okay, so there was like looting and stuff but other like in general crime. And that whole trend line is just on a steady decrease. Probably because of things like technology with like more cameras and surveillance. That’s probably one of the primary drivers of it.
Unknown Speaker 36:27
Lucia, are you still with me? I thought you
thought I lost you.
I just said stop for a moment. I you know, anyway, so there, this is like for Vox. They don’t normally like cover things this long. This is a pretty pretty long article with a million graph. So I guess it’s at, say, 11. But there’s a lot.
Well, I hope our our listeners and our, I guess our our prison population won’t be able to see this. That’s too bad. We got to figure out a way to provide this to the prisoners.
We could probably get in trouble for that then because that would be like no reproduction authorized, blah, blah, blah, something like that.
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well, but it’s good stuff. I like Fox a lot.
So thank you for putting that on the agenda.
It was still you. This next one comes from law 360. In email attorney client privileges, paddle how sides with inmates? This is disturbing to me that when you have a letter sent to you in prison, Larry, from from a law office, you get caught up to the mailroom, they open it in your presence, they dump it out to make sure there’s no contraband. They like maybe open up the letter just just to make sure there’s nothing attached to it. They pull the thing back up, they put it back in the envelope, and off you go. So they’ve just checked it for contraband. The same thing should get exist for electronic communications. And since we’ve had the human malware, the Coronavirus, there isn’t a lot of attorney visits inside of prisons and jails. The only thing that they could then rely on would be email. And that is being watched just like email to your Aunt Rose and your uncle john and whatnot that that seems disturbing to me and you working in the defense side of the house, that would probably bother you greatly.
It does. And it pleases me greatly to say some bipartisan support on this where there’s a resolution on the House of Representatives to deal with that. And we’ve got representatives, Hakeem Jeffries from New York and Collins from Georgia, and across the political spectrum. Jeffries is a democrat and Collins’s Republican, and they both recognize the significance of this attorney client privilege and that the corrections to law enforcement established but should not be reviewing what the attorney is talking to with their client. And that’s a good thing.
This is this is, you know, if we’d been covering, like the phone call thing, once once we put somebody to be a ward of the state, there are costs that are associated with that. And it would be, you know, the inmate can’t do it themselves. Or they probably could if they you know, like start doing some some extracurricular activities to make some money and you can set up your own communication channels. But otherwise, you need the state to provide you with effective secure communications, to talk to your attorney so that you can get proper representation.
That is That is correct. Like I say, this is something that that that bothers me greatly. And I’m glad to see the bipartisan cooperation. It’s a rarity these days, but apparently, that this, this has been something that’s understood by both sides of the aisle. Hopefully, it’ll make it through the Senate, and hopefully make it to the President and I know that the President was cited.
The piece in here that I didn’t even really consider that something that you probably would have was, once you’re gone prisons, hold on to your email. And in the case of communications with your attorney, that’s not should be scrubbed and purged. You know, if you have your own legal letters, you put them in a manila envelope and you walk out the gate. But what do you do with the digital stuff? Why would you take that home? So, that would be challenging. Larry
does something I had never thought of.
Me neither. Over at the crime report with why redefining violence should be a justice priority. This is a neat kind of obscure article of how you would take the term being a violent offender of some kind. And this doesn’t just relate to pfrs. But if you’re the driver of the getaway car, and they go in and commit some really nasty burglary, you know, bank robbery, whatever. And those people are listed as violent offenders, that you can be sucked into that too, even though you only drove the getaway car. This it’s interesting. I’m really big on terms that if you mean this term, please use that term. Because it’s really important for us to be able to communicate effectively and forgive me for using big words, but they’re they’re more juicy. And so using the term violent if you didn’t commit something that was like a kidnapping and I mean, legit, like cuffing somebody or putting, you know, tying them up and manhandling them around. I, why do we use the term violent if it’s not actually violent?
Well, you’re gonna get millstone attached. I think it has a lot to do. It has a lot to do with the victims advocates. I remember the show from Bill O’Reilly, many years ago, when he was debating a person who was talking about pf Rs, and that it was a woman I guess it was a spouse or a brother of a of a person who had been convicted of a sexual crime. At rally gave her a few seconds to say her piece. But then he said, Ma’am, I hate to tell you, but all sex crimes are violent. And all sex crimes are not violent, right, unless you have unless you have a really distorted view of what violence is. And it’s so sad, because it’s not only on the area of sex crimes, but in other areas of criminal justice, where they where they, where they label something violent. And there’s actually no violence. And it causes the security designation to change the amount of privileges and opportunities they have to be altered by having a label of violence. And we don’t really consider all the ramifications that when we just stamp violent crime or a list of offenses, that’s a crime of violence. Well, let’s make sure that it actually is a crime of violence. So let’s make sure we agree on what violence is. And that’s really hard with the victims advocates because they want everything to be violent.
They certainly do. I mean, like, you know, a felony jaywalking dammit, that’s a violent crime, because you could have made a person driving their car with the kid in the back, they could have swerved, and now you’ve harmed the child. So yes, felony jaywalking could be a violent crime.
Well, I mean, domestic violence would be a better example than that, where there’s, there’s there’s some significant violence that happens that what are people, people do some bad things, of course, but also domestic violence, even though they call it domestic violence. There’s domestic violence, which really doesn’t include any violence in domestic violence could be interfered with communication, you know, with a domestic partner. You haven’t done anything violence, there’s no black eyes, there’s no dishes across the forehead, there’s nothing like that. But, but you’ve committed domestic abuse, and therefore, you’ve been deemed violent, but you haven’t done any violence. You pull the plug on the cell phone, or the landline, that they can’t call out, but
is that violent? You may have prevented them from summoning help.
You hold the scarf up, and you make a little knot. And you say, if you don’t do what I want you to do, and you jiggle that thing. Have you done any violence that you’ve liked? You may have caused the person you’ve attempted to, but you’ve attempted to would know, but you haven’t even done that you’ve made the person believes that there’s potential correct, but but you have you haven’t inflicted any violence yet.
I understand with you.
So do we label that person violent? I don’t know that that but that’s where that’s where the where the debate comes in. Well, they could have they could have taken that scarf and put it on the
Yes, they could have but they didn’t you could have also taken the pencil in a junk drawer and stabbed you in the neck. But they didn’t do that either. Do you they labeled that as the violent person just because the potential is there.
So yeah, but but that’s that’s that’s a biggie for me. I’d like for us to define violence better, and not label things so freely violent, where there has hasn’t been any violence.
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I am but it’s consistent with what happens when you change your story. People try to do their pleas and say that when they told the judge that the factual basis existed, that that they should be allowed to change it. And that when a witness comes forward and says I I want to change my story, now recanting that I said, the person did that, then that person is no longer deemed credible. If a key witness in the investigation of Breanna Taylor’s death has changed their story, to be intellectually consistent and honest, we would no longer deem that person a credible witness in any way, shape, or form. And that if if you
don’t you have to evaluate the state of the individual when they made the first statement, maybe they were under some kind of duress, or hadn’t quite processed everything prior, you know, at the first interview versus the second. I mean, isn’t there a way to to figure out which story would be the accurate one?
Well, I suppose if you want to stretch that far, but this is where the police said that they announced themselves or not. How would you be able to be inconsistent in that story? Either you’re the police, a police or you didn’t hear how could you have a recollection later? That they that they did or didn’t How would that it’s like Scalia said about the 18 was 18 minutes it now they either said police or they did? How could you have a Tiffany, it say that that they didn’t announce themselves after you had previously said that they did. You’re no longer credible.
With the research that I have done about memory and how it works. You could have not heard it. And and it’d be there and just because of the overload of sensory stuff at the time, and then reprocessing it now I don’t know if you would then actually remember them hearing it, or did you insert the memory? I’m so sketchy on that particular subject that i don’t i don’t really believe much of what anybody’s memory is, per se, because it’s so subjective to your particular situation at the time, whether you’re sleepy whether you have some extra caffeine, and then, you know, how has your life transpired up to that point? It’s so subjective, that I really don’t put a lot of stock in what people’s memory is to begin with. But this is the only eyewitness to say whether they did or didn’t say police when they knocked on the door originally.
Yeah, well, it’s it’s struggling now, because this is such an important significant case. And what is the police announce themselves is critical in terms of the actions that they took, it would be very reasonable for a homeowner to start shooting. If they didn’t know that they were police. It would be very, very reasonable. And everybody on the law and order side of the aisle should be applauding that. That’s exactly what you would want people to do would be to defend themselves in their homes.
Unknown Speaker 48:38
Yeah, right. I think so.
I mean, if you’re intellectually honest, you would but
even like if you were woken up out of a dead sleep, whether they said police or not, there’s some amount of time for waking up at a dead sleep. There’s no cognitive processing going on there. Whether they said police are not if they came in now all you hear is them in stomping feet moving around and whatnot. Now you know that you have a threat inside your house. You didn’t hear them say police when they knocked on the door and open it up originally. You just know someone busted in your door. And you heard a loud noise.
I agree with that. But, but But now, but now, like I say this witnesses magically remembering that they did say police, when initially the witness said that they didn’t say police. So that’s very, very critical. Because if there’s if they’re going to believe that story that there was an announcement and decide that there’s no charges based on the fact that the police did announce themselves, then I would like you mister law enforcement apparatus to give the exact same consideration when someone has a change of memory when it relates to a conviction. That’s my whole point of thing that that’s where I’m going with this. we deem you uncredible when you come in and change your story, magically now since the story suits the law enforcement apparatus, it is being given more credibility. And I don’t understand I’m a big one about consistency. There doesn’t seem to be any here.
queuing your silly terms like consistency, Larry, what am I gonna do with you?
It’s ridiculous isn’t it
is we have an article over at collateral consequences Resource Center, we we get articles from here, they’re they’re usually pretty interesting. But this one is about Michigan to be the sixth state with automatic conviction relief. This is a I don’t want to say it’s narrowly tailored, but it is, you know, it’s not everybody, it’s not pfrs that we get any kind of relief. But there are only a handful of states where after X amount of time you just fall off the list you your records are sealed. And does it does that mean like you are I, I want to be careful how I word this, but just like tongue in cheek like you are no longer a felon at all, like your your your your record is clean from a cursory glance of your of your hat, your past layer.
It looks like that’s what it would mean, if I understood it, they have a set aside process in Michigan where, where the that the the person can be granted that status by the court. But apparently this is going to be an automatic set aside after a period of time. And and with no set asides. That was if the conviction never happened. Now, there’s still gonna be stuff in a law enforcement database about you. But supposedly it protects you from the public humiliation of that of that prior mistake, because it shields that record. When that when that conviction is set aside as best I understood it.
about maybe the second section and it says under current Michigan law, eligibility for expungement is quite restrictive. A person may seek expungement, either for a single felony conviction. As long as the person has no more than two misdemeanors or for no more than two misdemeanors, the person whose felony is set aside thus cannot seek set aside for their misdemeanors blah, blah, blah. So the key is set aside like a common term for legal or law for records keeping like that.
It’s not something that that’s in my jargon here in my state, but I’m familiar with it with it in Michigan because of a case that that that came to our attention was Zach Anderson. Okay. And, but but but yeah, I’m not it’s not a it’s not a widely known thing to me. Anyway, I was
talking to Josh Joshua from the decarceration nation podcast not too long ago about this, it was like a big deal coming down the pike of getting a certain number of people to have immediate sealing of records is the best way that I’m going to term it. And he was pretty excited about that this was coming down the path. Just wanted to put it on everyone’s radar that Michigan is making a lot of changes.
Well, it hasn’t passed yet. To my understanding this is this is a proposal, isn’t it?
It says it’s set to be seen as a series of bill that would dramatically so I mean, it says that the bills are headed to Governor Gretchen Whitman for signatures assuming then that means it’s okay. Was it
that it has passed? Okay, well, then that would be fantastic. I had there’s a whole list of bills that are apparently headed to the governor. Very good. So this will be this would be an instance of Barre parts incorporation because Michigan has split government a duplicate the legislature still under republican control, and therefore this means that it got bipartisan support, which is what we hope that’s really all you can do with the way criminal justice reform if you don’t have bipartisan support, you’re certainly going to be vilified and if even if it with bipartisan support, sometimes you still get vilified. But But without bipartisan support, you’re going to be vilified there still doubt.
Right on. This one just showed up in the lab. Yeah, this one’s dated yesterday. And this is from reason magazine, publishing registered sex offenders home addresses before Halloween is gratuitous, unethical, and reckless, a petition urges patch and other news outlets to reconsider the practice. This is uh, you know, we’re ramping up here. So it’s October 3, when we’re recording this. And you know, here in another, whatever, 27 days, we’re at 28 days, we’re going to run into Halloween, which is on a Saturday this year. And patch, I don’t know why is patch so hell bent on doing this. But they, you know, they’re very local, hyper local, kind of online outlet and they post these maps of where all the PFR is live and met parents keep your kids away from these people because they’re terrible, terrible. Like, I don’t know why they’re on this kick. But with the urging of NASA I think that they did this based on a press release that went out. And then reason picked it up and wrote an article about it, which I think is awesome that NASA does this and then that real reason would latch on to it to bring awareness to the silliness that the media will portray for all the pfrs during the Halloween timeframe.
Absolutely shout out goes to till an arsenal team. Sandy, and I think Connecticut was involved in it with one standard justice and this is fantastic work and thank you.
Yeah, and there’s a like five or there’s five bullet points that are I was actually having a conversation. With someone recently and I wanted to bring up this one, it says the vast majority of sexual abuse minors 93%, according to 2000 BJs, it’s a Bureau of Justice Statistics are assaulted by relatives, family and friends or other people they already know. I know, you don’t want to talk about recidivism and statistically, but that means that so 93 out of 100 times that person is already known and not someone that’s on the registry, most likely.
That would be correct. And that, but yeah, that was like a well over 100 hundred $50 member the total number of signatures to this but it was it was phenomenal. A cross section of advocates that signed off
Yeah, they listed a whole bunch of Lenore skinny easy, is a very popular lady. Yeah, there’s a there’s a whole list at the bottom of the article. Even Fred Berlin was at the did a presentation at the National Conference this year, and several others. And super awesome article of reason is a really neat publication because when I first started reading it, I was so confused about like, are they left? Are they right? I was just absolutely baffled because I’d never heard of a libertarian before when I’d left. And they I don’t know, I really liked their publication and they provide a an interesting balance to what you would hear from a left or right leaning publication.
So well, fantastic, and are fine. Great job. norsok.
Yeah, I like it. And our final article is a correction. This is from Vice News. A correction officer who called blackmail the inmate the N word is getting fired for the third time that is fired for the third time a deputy in the same Georgia County was fired after video of him repeatedly punching a black man pinned to the ground went viral. Now, why are we covering this letter?
I couldn’t help myself because it’s from my old stomping grounds of, of Georgia and, and we talked about the need for a law enforcement registry so that it would make it more likely that an officer could could jump around and inflict improper behavior, unbeknownst but this officer let’s set it up properly. The counties we’re talking about are Clayton and cahuita in Georgia, and they’re not adjoining but they’re not very far apart either. Clayton is more of a suburban Atlanta and then Kavita is a little bit further to the southwest. But after being fired from cahuita they go to work for the person goes to work for Clayton gets fired at Clayton and then is rehired by Clayton that would be hard to imagine to conceive of Clayton not knowing that he had been fired previously, since they were the ones that fired him. So I’m not sure a registry would prevent that. If If agencies are willing to rehire people who have been bad officers. I don’t know what to do about that. But the only thing that I didn’t have the ability to figure out is if if the firing occurred because of the change of administration. So the reorg I’m not clear on the timeline because a sheriff Victor Hill, who’s been Sheriff twice now he ended up leaving office because of his own criminal problems. And he was acquitted and he got elected again, I’m not sure if the victor was the fire or the rehire, but it’s just ironic that did a person can be fired three times, at some point. Law enforcement, if you’re listening in Georgia, don’t hire this officer. Again, he’s not appropriate for police work, let him find something else to do. He may need to find something else I so I highlighted here the racist incident will mark the third time this individual has been fired from a corrections job in a decade. I come on, man. We can probably do better, but I don’t know that we can do better. They’re like it. The people that are working in as correction officers. It’s not that NASA had stopped hiring. So this was their second choice. No, it’s it’s one of those jokes I make when when people are talking about what they want to be in their career. I have never heard anybody say, Bob, I can’t wait. When I get out of college. I’ve got to go to work in a prison or Correctional Facility. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that. I have heard people say they want to be juvenile probation officers and work in juvenile justice. But I have never heard someone in 164 years of life say that they wanted to work in an adult Correctional Facility yet that that was their first choice of work.
Larry, joining us right now is our guest for the evening. It’s Dr. Christopher polaski. And Dr. polaski, earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 2001. And it was accepted into the radiation oncology residency training program at the University of Texas. Medical division. Is that right? medical division?
Unknown Speaker 59:44
Yeah, MD Anderson.
Yeah. Okay, so MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and served on the faculty there, and the Ohio State University comprehensive, comprehensive cancer center. He ran his own full clinical practice supervised his own basic science research laboratory. served as the OSU department’s Residency Program Director, and as the director of pediatric radiation oncology. Chris is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and subsequently suffered throughout most of his life with undiagnosed and untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with disassociated features. After a federal CP conviction, he was sentenced to the federal correction institution Elkton, that halfway house and he completed supervision probation in July of 2020. Dr. polaski has received numerous literary rewards for both his books about his experience in the criminal justice system and hopes to be a strong advocate for change in social policies and a better understanding of mental health issues. First and foremost, we invited Dr. polaski to examine a recent story aired by NPR on August 25 2020, there was a follow up piece on September 8, about the pandemic loosening in person registration, there will be a link in the show notes to the article. And the point is the story was not presented fairly and Dr. polaski reached out to NPR management, in addition to the matter with NPR, we will talk about his books a little bit later in the interview. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome, Dr. polaski. Welcome.
Unknown Speaker 1:01:09
Well, thank you for having me on. I’m, I’m a big fan, longtime listener of the show, and pretty honored that you guys would have me on here, so so Thank you, appreciate.
There, you got a whole battery of questions to go over about this art, this whole thing from NPR?
I do. And thank you for being patient with us because we actually had this on the on the agenda for several weeks, and, and then we ended up not doing it because other things were were breaking and thought they were this this, this is press, inaccurate reporting. And this is an ongoing thing where there was no real urgency. And in fact, I thought maybe we’ll give NPR management a chance to respond. But we appreciate your patience and the fact that you’re still willing to join us after waiting a month or however long it was. So thank you for being with us. So you, you, you you’ve, you’ve touched on an issue that’s very important to me in terms of accuracy and reporting and what we can do about it as a society. And you wrote to NPR, what prompted you to write to the National Public Radio about about your concerns?
Unknown Speaker 1:02:24
Well, you know, I was driving home from work. And it was a Tuesday afternoon, August 25. And I hear this story about, you know, the sex offender registry on NPR. And, you know, I was a pretty regular listener of NPR, you know, they don’t yell at each other, they don’t have all these talking heads on there. Some like, oh, okay, they’re gonna discuss maybe some nuances, some info, and I’m listening and, you know, their, their, their main thrust was that there are a lot of people that go, the whereabouts are unknown, or they’re not registering, you know, they’re not in compliance. And then they use the term absconded, you know, so there’s thousands of them. And we should all be scared. And then, you know, she’s going through some of these very disturbing cases. And as I’m listening to this, I’m like, this is NPR and it feels like I’m listening to some, like local news network, getting the listeners in the neighborhood, all scared, and it just, I was, I was so disappointed. It just stuck in my head. And so the next day, I just kind of wrote out this letter, and I sent it to the reporter, Cheryl Thompson, as well as the All Things Considered.
Unknown Speaker 1:03:55
Unknown Speaker 1:03:58
Let’s see, it’s Courtney adorning never heard back but I, I just kind of this, let it all out there how disappointed I was in the type of reporting. And, you know, they make they made this, or she made this argument that there’s thousands of P of registrants in their their whereabouts are unknown, and we should all be scared. Then later on, she kind of says, Well, the only time these upstanding registrants are apprehended is when they have run ins with the law. And what was interesting is she kind of missed the whole point there is that there’s thousands of people that aren’t compliant. And they’re only sort of discovered when they get in trouble with the law. Well, that means there’s thousands of registrants that are really not causing any trouble who have moved on in their lives and doing well. And that entire point was just missed, and instead They know they focused on some of the dairy in extreme cases. But those were individual cases, you know, really not looking at the population or the bigger picture. And it just, it was pretty maddening to listen to, and to see that even within their own data that they’re presenting. They’re missing sort of that obvious point. You know, and they say, Oh, well, the, you know, law enforcement isn’t out looking for these people and trying to find them. And I would argue it’s like, well, because a lot of law enforcement knows that. It’s not worth the time and energy because they’re not the ones causing problems. They have a finite amount of resources, you know, and it just, it just struck a nerve. And I, you know, before I sent it, I shared it with Sandy rose ik of Marisol, and she ended up posting that letter on the nurse all website. And, you know, I’ve never heard back from either the reporter or the the editor of all things considered, and they’ve even run another segment. And in some parts of that they are they’re kind of acting like vigilantes because they were hunting people down and saying, Hey, you know, go look for this guy. We found him, police man. And it. It was just, it was just really disheartening. You know, I haven’t really listened to NPR cents. So because I,
let’s let’s, let’s move on to the next question. Now, we all know that that people in the registry do have various issues with compliance. And my point is that I raises that people are often non compliant, because they’ve built the compliance to be such so strenuously tedious, this easy to be non compliant. And then they say, I got you. I got it. I got you here. Yeah, you didn’t make it in within 24 hours of some key change that you had. So we got you. And NPR, if they are doing the balance reporting that we expect of of them? Do you believe that they truly don’t know that the registry is, is as an addition to what they think of the person who goes out and snatches a child off the street, which that’s the stereotypical person or the rapist does not know that the registry is filled with people who’ve had consensual sex. Because there’s only a slight difference in age that might make it illegal. In some states, it could be a matter of days difference if someone is slightly under 18. Or it could be finity, for indecent exposure, which we would call streaking, do they not know those things? Or do they not care?
Unknown Speaker 1:07:52
I think they definitely know. I mean, you don’t have to go digging very deeply. To know these things about the registry and who can end up on it. You really don’t have to do much investigating to see the low recidivism rates.
Unknown Speaker 1:08:12
And I don’t think they
Unknown Speaker 1:08:15
I think they purposefully ignored that because they don’t want to upset their listeners and their sponsors. And wait, wait,
wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, but not that this is this is what we expect from commercial journalism, where profit is the motive? Are you telling me that NPR would contradict science? Because of financial reasons? Are they are they no different than CNN and Fox and all the other the commercial broadcasting that’s really disturbing. Is that was that what you’re saying?
Unknown Speaker 1:08:50
That is what I’m saying.
Unknown Speaker 1:08:53
You know, I was kind of under the impression to like they’re this unbiased arbiter of, of information and but now they’re they’re beholden to sponsorship dollars, you know, I thought the bulk of their funding came from Congress or the federal or state governments but the bulk comes from individual donations and corporate sponsorship and then accounts for almost 60% and so if you’re gonna go out and you know, put out pieces that look remotely in favor of, you know, sex offender Law Reform work, hey, maybe we should look at this differently. There’s that fear that you’re gonna lose the you lose your listeners and lose your sponsorship. So I think they’re just as beholden to, you know, dollars as CNN and Fox are in anytime you have dollars attached to a News entities existence, that’s gonna affect the content. And I think that’s that’s what’s happened with this NPR piece?
Well, you provided us with a pie chart of their of their funding, I think we’re gonna make Aranda, we can make that available. Can we? Did you? Did you? Did you want to just hit the high parts of where their funding comes from? Because I don’t want to minimize the importance of funding. Whether you’re NPR, whether NPR, or whether you’re a commercial broadcast entity, you have cost that you have to cover, you have personnel, you have assistance, you have all sorts of costs related to being on the air. But if we, if we talk about where their funding comes from, and they have to be beholding their funding, then what would the answer be? If we truly want journalistic practices that don’t ignore science? What would what would some options be? Because we can’t, we don’t want to use public dollars. There’s only like, I think, but what the pie chart show like 8%, or something of their funding from, from, from what, what would be an alternative if we can’t use public dollars, and they can’t be beholden to their, to their sponsors and their donors, what, what would we do?
Unknown Speaker 1:11:09
Well, for me, personally, I’ve sort of entered into this world of podcasts. And, you know, because I was on, I came off of supervision only as recently as the end of July. And so I didn’t have you know, I didn’t have a smartphone and but I, I’ve started listening at various podcasts, and I’m now under this feeling that podcasts are like the last bastion of true unbiased journalism
we make, can you talk about podcasts for a second? I’ve never heard of this. Tell me about this real quick.
Unknown Speaker 1:11:49
Know, exactly, I’ve listened to your podcast, a few others that really get to an issue, really get the details that you would never get from, from really any source at this point. Everything has to be very brief. But I think these podcasts allow you to really get down, you know, into the, into the reads and really see what’s going on.
Yeah, they let you get hyper targeted to a niche into a very, very focused, specific area.
Unknown Speaker 1:12:26
Yeah, that’s, I mean, that’s, I think a lot of these the grassroots efforts, and, you know, organizations like our soul, where, you know, your your content isn’t dictated by your sponsorship, but, you know, it’s an I understand there is a business like to get your to do programming, it does cost money, but I just feel like it’s in even prior to this experience with NPR was like my last chance, or last hope to get what I thought was unbiased news. But now I, I just don’t know what to do. Because anytime there’s an event, I’ll try to get news from multiple sources. And sometimes I’m like, is this covering the same event? Like, it’s just, it’s just really bad. And I feel like, That really hurts the sex offender law reform effort, because it’s like, everyone knows all this stuff. But everyone’s afraid to say it. It’s really,
I don’t know, it’s very frustrating. Well, wait, wait, we covered what I had on my mind. And, and you’ve written some books, and we wanted to give you an opportunity to talk a little bit about your books. And so you’ve, you’ve written more than one book, tell us why you wrote the books. And let’s, let’s have you plug your books cuz we have 10s of thousands of people listening, ready to ready to purchase these books?
Unknown Speaker 1:14:00
Well, you know, the first book was just, it’s called drama, shame and the power of love. And that really focused more on my journaling, going through my abuse therapy. And, and I showed it to some friends and colleagues, and they’re like, Well, hey, you should, you know, this could help a lot of people you should publish. And, you know, maybe one day when your kids are old enough, they can kind of read and understand what was going on. And what was also interesting is one of my, the one colleague who really helped me get it published quickly said, Well, you know, the, maybe the medical board can, can read, you know, what actually happened? Maybe they’ll have a better understanding because the, the local news media certainly didn’t do any favors at all. And so I did that. And, of course, that didn’t matter the local news, were there to put The heat on the Medical Board and the cameras were rolling and the board cited incorrect him from incorrect and inaccurate information from the news when everything started. And so that was kind of the first book, The second book is a torturous path. And I really wasn’t going to write a second one. But after going to prison and meeting a lot of the people that were in there with me and going through the post incarceration experience, I’m like, again, I have to almost feel like the story, everyone’s story kind of needs to get out. There needs to be some type of counter narrative to what the news and what passes for journalism now is going on. So that’s kind of the those are the reasons why I wrote these books.
And, and one more time gives a give the title both on are they available out there for our listeners?
Unknown Speaker 1:16:08
Yeah, the they’re both there’s print, you know, like a paperback and an ebook version. It’s on Amazon. And the first book is trauma, shame and the power of love. And the subtitle was the fall and rise physician reveals himself, kind of a mouthful. And then the second book is a torturous path, atonement and reinvention in a broken system. And they’re, they’re both available on Amazon. And, and surprisingly, they’ve won some awards, which I take that as a good sign that sort of the uninitiated, people who don’t know me, would read it, and learn a lot from it and put their name to it by giving it an award. So I, you know, that’s, that’s one of the goals is try to inform the general public people who may not even be aware of what the sex offense laws are all about, at least, at least think about it, even if they don’t agree with me, at least they’re considering it.
Well, I’m going to wrap up with one question and hand it off to Andy. How is your understanding of the sex offense laws evolved? I mean, compare where you were before you encountered the system to where you are now. And and what was transpired in that intervening educational experience.
Unknown Speaker 1:17:35
Educational understatement there. But uh, you know, the, I kind of grew up with that misinformation. You know, they frighteningly high rate of reoffending and recidivism brought up by, you know, Justice Kennedy. That kind of became instant fact, in, you know, and I was a victim of, you know, childhood sexual abuse. So, I think I kind of I had like this. I don’t know how to describe, but I was kind of down and contacted vendors. And I was very defensive. Like why I didn’t do that this was done to me, blah, blah, blah. But as time goes on, I realized that no matter what the sex offense was, the, the likelihood people are going to do that, again, is very low. The likelihood of them having prior convictions is very low. And just the overkill, the the whole approach to how sex offender laws have dealt with, it’s just, it’s, it’s assuming everyone is like that evil, relentless, remorseless monster. And regardless of what the offense is, that’s not the case. And I’ve, you know, over time, I’ve forgiven the people who abused me and realize, you know, they were probably suffering in some way or, or another as well. And, you know, it’s kind of I’ve kind of gone through this learning process, and I’ve had to go through the legal system and have this like, personal catastrophe happen for me to kind of open my eyes so I’m aware of how difficult it is for other people who don’t have that experience to kind of see the other side. And that’s where I’m hoping like my books could come in and kind of fill in those gaps.
Well, we are very delighted to have you here and you indicated you wanted to be more of an advocate and there is plenty of an ample opportunity for you to to do more in the way of advocacy, from anything, anything from, from legislative advocacy to writing to speaking, I mean, it’s it’s out there and your credentials would be impressive. I would think anyway, maybe maybe they will go down the crapper after you have a conviction. But I would think that your lifetime achievement should not be negated by this one mistake.
Unknown Speaker 1:20:23
Yeah, and I have, you know, started to get more involved. I’m a contributing author now for in arsal. I had my first article out in the
Unknown Speaker 1:20:36
Unknown Speaker 1:20:39
getting involved with other types of writing. But uh, yeah, I think, you know, starting to speak more, and get involved in the more the legislative process. I think that’s on the horizon. But you know, I’ve only been out of supervision for a few months. So, pregnant, take me a little while. Well,
welcome to the cause of advocacy. And and thank you for joining us. And Andy, did you have anything else?
I really like the question you asked about the change of mind from before and after, I thought was an incredibly good question to ask. But also that when you do listen to podcasts like yours, you are self selecting yourself into a filter bubble of sorts. And unless you’re like, the anti, the anti registrant person to listen to this podcast and try and like it, the people that listen to this podcast, generally are already in our camp. So we’re, you know, we’re preaching the choir, so to speak. That’s really all I wanted to add to the podcast movement thing.
Unknown Speaker 1:21:39
Right. And that is one thing I you know, I want to avoid the echo chamber effect in my work as well, in some ways, that’s kind of what NPR was doing to, you know, being an being an echo chamber.
Well, again, thank you so much for joining us. That is a we really, really appreciate you having you on. And, again, welcome to the advocacy movement.
Unknown Speaker 1:22:07
Thank you very much. And like I said, I love the work. You guys do. Thank you.
Yeah, thank you for becoming a patron to
Unknown Speaker 1:22:15
yeah. He came. He came in at 1200 a month.
Absolutely. do without you.
Unknown Speaker 1:22:22
Yeah. Yeah. Well, you know, mortgage rates low.
that’s a that’s a joke we have about the staples paper where we’re asking someone to make their entire statement was paper, but I was taking us up on that yet. So, so thank you, sir. Good night.
Unknown Speaker 1:22:40
Bye. That wraps it up. Man. We finished it. I’m surprised that we got all that and I was trying to dump articles. And you said no, we can do it. Just keep it short. And we did, we did. Alright, so now we’re gonna announce some new patrons, Nate, who was an existing patron and has been for quite some time, he has increased his contribution. Thank you so very much. And we got a new patron named Michael and a super extra special thank you goes to Anna, with a very generous contribution. Thank you to all of our listeners, and especially our patrons. Thanks, guys very much appreciate it.
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It could happen. It’s Point, Larry, I still very much appreciate having you here. And I look forward to having you here again.
Well, thanks so much for having me.
Did I do it right this time?
We’re getting closer.
Alright, let’s cuz I got a button this time. Thanks guys very much for joining us, Larry. As always, thank you and I hope that everyone has a great rest of your weekend and we will talk to you soon.
Unknown Speaker 1:25:27
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