Restorative Justice, Not Punishment

There is a vast difference between “punishment” and “consequences.”  Put into place in our society consequences that are not purely and simply punitive. Throwing a person in jail for five years for possessing marijuana, for instance, is insane, and solves nothing. Fines and sentences that are remedial, reparative and restorative, and not simply punitive, make sense. Brutal and simple revenge (“an eye for an eye”) is neither reparative nor restorative, but is the mark of a primitive society.  Contact the author for a free copy of proven justice solutions at 4solutions@outlook.com  .

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FOCUS ON THE GOOD

For those who are locked into not forgetting unfortunate sex abuses:  Our brains act like computers.  No one ever forgets strongly-impacted events of our life while in the physical experience.  At the same time, we can avoid the unfortunate memories by focusing on the gift of the present.  Become passionately involved in new habit patterns.  We are created to experience JOY in Life.  AMEN to organizations doing positive actions!  Rather than being against something which brings energy to that which is being fought against – be FOR something that will improve the condition or circumstance.  For those interested in learning new habit patterns, I invite you to read my free manual entitled “Maturity And Becoming”. Email me at neil.s@charter.net and I will email you a copy.

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Overcome Child Obesity

A major challenge in our society today, is childhood obesity.  In addition to families providing a proper nutrition lifestyle, our schools can implement a proven, almost costless, fun filled, and self-esteem building program into their curriculum.  Physical education specialists are not needed.  All teachers can take part by needing to only prepare about 3 units of instruction during a school year.  This briefly described program, called Teaching Activity Package System (TAPS), is available at no cost by emailing 4solutions@outlook.com  It is not socially acceptable to be fat.  Please help maintain healthy children, and lessening the teasing of those who are overweight..

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Tutor Or Homeschool Your Own

You can effectively tutor or homeschool your own children, and possibly turn the efforts into an amazing income, if desired.  Being able to spend this valuable time with your children will pay off for a lifetime.  The results you get will be 4 to 10 times the academic results that current US schools obtain – when the guidelines are followed.

These proven guidelines are detailed in two manuals that are available for free at your request.  As the name (Personal Assisted Learning) implies, the proven principles are offered in a personal approach to learning.  The PEP (Personal Education Plan) is based on a simple and brief evaluation, and is geared to the student’s levels and needs.  The principles are based on the author’s experience in the public school system and operating his own school/learning centers.  They are available free by emailing the author at 4solutions@outlook.com .

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Child Physical Fitness

 A news segment on TV the other day informed me of the sessions related to physical education in the schools.  Many years ago as a teacher and physical educator, I developed a summary of the Teaching Activity Package System.

I believe this approach to the critical need to expand physical education is the solution you folks are looking for.  As you will discover that it is almost cost free while developing fitness and appreciation of a large variety recreation/fitness activities.  I have copied this description from my Personal Assisted Learning manual for your use.  My hope is that it will be copied and shared with others that are active in upgrading our school/fitness results.

From my perspective, this program does not need to be part of the “no child left behind” act.  It could be presented to schools as a solution to this health need of fitness, including the elimination of trans fats.  In the program I utilized about 30 years ago, I used the national AAPHER test, part of the President’s Council On Fitness.  Students were tested for fitness levels at the beginning and end of each school year.  The Council offered awards for achieving various levels of fitness.  As this program was offered, the fitness level of all students increased, many awards were given, and the students came to know staff members while developing a wide range of skills.

Learn how to develop this proven program by visiting Practical Safety And Education Solutions at psaes.info.  This and other solutions are free from me by email at 4solutions@outlook.com .

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Its Time To Reform Sex Offender Laws

 

There is today in our country a growing threat to our legal system, to the rights of all of us, to the quality of life of children, and to common sense. This threat has been fanned by prosecutors, nurtured by the media, and ignored by those who usually speak out against such dangers.

In its most narrow sense this threat can be defined as the particular approach to sexual deviance embodied in ever-more-draconian laws against all behaviors labeled “sex offenses”– including those committed by minors — and in the sex offender registries of every state and the Federal government. In this approach to sex offenses slander, hysteria and demonization often replace reason, solid research and proportionality.

But more broadly, the danger consists of an all-out assault on fairness, on the reputations of some of our most caring people, on necessary social relationships and on our critical ability to confront the deepening social paranoia of 21st century America.

In 1999, a group of us in Boston — prominent political activists, civil libertarians, and workers in the mental health and legal systems, as well as teachers and others who work with children — tried to draw public attention to this threat with a “Call to Safeguard our Children and Our Liberties.”Eight years have passed and the crisis we addressed then has gotten far worse. The demonization of those accused of illegal sexual activity — both the innocent and the guilty — and the criminalization or stigmatization of more and more forms of sexual expression has reached new heights. All sense of fairness and due process are often tossed to the winds. The worst thing a person has ever done in their lives becomes the only thing they have ever done. Many who always despised “pedophiles”have been swept up by the hysteria and are stunned to suddenly find themselves or their children labeled sex offenders. The lives of many thousands of people have been unfairly ruined. And we have created a despised under-class labeled “sex offenders”. All of these developments are justified under the high-sounding rhetoric of “protecting our children from sexual predators”despite the fact that most registered sex offenders have never committed sexual offenses against minors.

In the process, the American legal system has moved from identifying specific crimes which cause real harm toward naming whole classes of “bad persons”to shame and isolate them for life. A similar change in the American legal approach has taken place since 9/11, with regard to those accused of “terrorism.”In these cases most of the rights of the accused have vanished. Fortunately, though, there has been public criticism about the suspension of due-process, habeas corpus and other rights for accused “terrorists”. But there has been no public outcry by those claiming concern for human rights when rights are suspended for accused sex offenders, especially those accused of any offense against a minor. Indeed, even the definition of “who is a child”is being radically changed. Though ages vary from state to state  between 14 and 18  federal law now replaces these in many cases, creating a national age of 18, below which a person is deemed a “child”with regard to sex.

Certainly many caring people are providing important support to children who have been sexually violated and want to protect other children from such harm. But is the welfare of children really the driving dynamic behind current public perceptions and policies? And how are these policies actually impacting the lives of young people? What if the overwhelming focus on dangers posed by some sex offenders diverts our attention from other prevalent dangers to children, some of which would be simple to alleviate (e.g., crushing, humiliating poverty) and others much more complex (e.g., family violence). At the same time, many youngsters are now prosecuted and/or subjected to public shaming for behaviors that young people (including most of today’s adults when they were young) have engaged in for millennia without public stigma.

The “clergy abuse scandal”and the almost daily sensationalist coverage of allegations of sex abuse in the media, has led to due-process simply vanishing where sex is alleged. Instead of leading to a deeper understanding of sexuality and sexual violation, the framing of the priests’crisis has dramatically increased ignorance and demonization, lumping together the innocent and the guilty, those guilty of minor infractions with those who caused serious harm, and those accused of one violation in an entire career of supporting young people with those who caused harm on a regular basis.

Meanwhile children across the land learn that adults who like them are suspect. And more and more men who pose no danger at all to kids stay away from them, refuse them rides and shun innocent interactions that involve physical contact to avoid any possible misinterpretation of genuine affection or concern. Children, men and our society are the losers.

As soon as someone is accused of sexual behavior with a minor, their name is splashed all over TV and the newspapers, destroying their careers and good name, and their accuser is publicly labeled a victim. All of this happens whether the accusation is true or not. And the destroyed lives of the falsely accused pile up by the day. Statutes of limitations have been virtually abolished for these cases. DA’s, judges and juries indict or convict on the mere allegation of sexual violation without any consideration that supporting evidence is lacking. “Repressed memories”, unsupported or even contradicted by physical evidence, sometimes become the basis for conviction

Many convicted of sex offences receive very long sentences in the first place  often unrelated to the seriousness of their crime and sometimes even longer than those guilty of manslaughter. Some states now allow the death penalty for some sex offenses against minors when murder or even physical violence is not alleged. In some states, accused persons may be held for long periods in isolation and without specific charges.

If they do get out of prison, once they have completed their sentence those designated “sex offenders”are mandated by federal law to register with the police. This requirement covers those accused of even the slightest sexual impropriety with a person under 18 for which they may have been given a suspended sentence. They must provide their names, addresses and other personal information which is then made public on the internet and in other ways. It is common that they are hounded, driven out of their jobs and homes and humiliated for decades. They are almost without the protection of Constitutional rights. They have no way to re-integrate into society. Their families and friends are almost as “shamed”and ostracized as they are. Such public humiliation and isolation has led to suicides. Several registered persons have been murdered by those who found their addresses, in two cases randomly.

Sex offenders are often very limited regarding travel and where they can live and they are often prohibited from being in many public spaces. A new wave of local legislation is sweeping over the land make it illegal for registered persons who have served their sentences to live virtually anywhere at all. In Miami, they can only live under a bridge.

The numbers required to register grow exponentially — including juveniles and many whose offenses were committed decades ago when they were considered rather minor transgressions. Together with their spouses, children and parents, registered sex offenders constitute a population larger than most large U.S. cities. There are nearly 700,000 registered sex offenders, several hundred thousand being sought for registration, several hundred thousand in prison, plus family members of sex offenders numbering about 2,000,000.

And the insanity spreads, instituting a new war on children and on young people and their sexuality. The youngest person now required to register is six years old and 4-year olds are being charged with sexual harassment. Juveniles whose feelings or actions are considered deviant have been subjected to the same aversive therapies once used to “cure”gay men, as well as public humiliation – their names, addresses and photos provided the public on the internet and in other media. Though in other areas, the privacy of juveniles is considered paramount, in the case of “sex offenders”it is completely abandoned.

In eighteen states, life-time civil commitment is now mandated for some categories of sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences. Though this status is supposed to be reserved only for truly violent predators, existing law now defines any offense against a minor, including those without any violence, as a violent act. By May, 2006, nearly 4,000 sex offenders were held under such statutes, and the number has undoubtedly increased. Though such persons are supposed to be in treatment for verifiable mental illnesses, and may be released to supervised parole, very few have ever been released, and many go virtually untreated.

Some of us who signed the original “Call to Protect our Children and Our Liberties”feel we must try again to stimulate a more objective discussion of the issues. We hope to get others to join us – especially people who work with children and who support justice and common sense. We want to get more people to raise the cry against this ravaging of the social fabric by a destructive and wrong-headed crusade.

We affirm the need to protect children — and all people of all ages — from sexual harm and the terror of violent rape and to deal seriously with those acts which cause such harm. We will emphasize the civil and human costs of current policies which deprive people of their rights and humiliate them and which undermine supportive relationships between adults and young people.

The present crusade is spreading fear and loathing across our society. Our society does not need more fear and loathing. It needs trust and dignity and redemption. At present there is no telling how far this self-destructive approach to social problems related to sexuality can go  unless people capable of courage, compassion and common sense stand up to stop it and turn our country’s attention to real solutions to our problems. Please read the attached public statement and consider signing on.

 

 

In the process, the American legal system has moved from identifying specific crimes which cause real harm toward naming whole classes of “bad persons” to shame and isolate them for life. A similar change in the American legal approach has taken place since 9/11, with regard to those accused of “terrorism.” In these cases most of the rights of the accused have vanished. Fortunately, though, there has been public criticism about the suspension of due-process, habeas corpus and other rights for accused “terrorists”. But there has been no public outcry by those claiming concern for human rights when rights are suspended for accused sex offenders, especially those accused of any offense against a minor. Indeed, even the definition of “who is a child” is being radically changed. Though ages vary from state to state  between 14 and 18  federal law now replaces these in many cases, creating a national age of 18, below which a person is deemed a “child” with regard to sex.

Certainly many caring people are providing important support to children who have been sexually violated and want to protect other children from such harm. But is the welfare of children really the driving dynamic behind current public perceptions and policies? And how are these policies actually impacting the lives of young people? What if the overwhelming focus on dangers posed by some sex offenders diverts our attention from other prevalent dangers to children, some of which would be simple to alleviate (e.g., crushing, humiliating poverty) and others much more complex (e.g., family violence). At the same time, many youngsters are now prosecuted and/or subjected to public shaming for behaviors that young people (including most of today’s adults when they were young) have engaged in for millennia without public stigma.

The “clergy abuse scandal” and the almost daily sensationalist coverage of allegations of sex abuse in the media, has led to due-process simply vanishing where sex is alleged. Instead of leading to a deeper understanding of sexuality and sexual violation, the framing of the priests’ crisis has dramatically increased ignorance and demonization, lumping together the innocent and the guilty, those guilty of minor infractions with those who caused serious harm, and those accused of one violation in an entire career of supporting young people with those who caused harm on a regular basis.

Meanwhile children across the land learn that adults who like them are suspect. And more and more men who pose no danger at all to kids stay away from them, refuse them rides and shun innocent interactions that involve physical contact to avoid any possible misinterpretation of genuine affection or concern. Children, men and our society are the losers.

As soon as someone is accused of sexual behavior with a minor, their name is splashed all over TV and the newspapers, destroying their careers and good name, and their accuser is publicly labeled a victim. All of this happens whether the accusation is true or not. And the destroyed lives of the falsely accused pile up by the day. Statutes of limitations have been virtually abolished for these cases. DA’s, judges and juries indict or convict on the mere allegation of sexual violation without any consideration that supporting evidence is lacking. “Repressed memories”, unsupported or even contradicted by physical evidence, sometimes become the basis for conviction

Many convicted of sex offences receive very long sentences in the first place  often unrelated to the seriousness of their crime and sometimes even longer than those guilty of manslaughter. Some states now allow the death penalty for some sex offenses against minors when murder or even physical violence is not alleged. In some states, accused persons may be held for long periods in isolation and without specific charges.

If they do get out of prison, once they have completed their sentence those designated “sex offenders” are mandated by federal law to register with the police. This requirement covers those accused of even the slightest sexual impropriety with a person under 18 for which they may have been given a suspended sentence. They must provide their names, addresses and other personal information which is then made public on the internet and in other ways. It is common that they are hounded, driven out of their jobs and homes and humiliated for decades. They are almost without the protection of Constitutional rights. They have no way to re-integrate into society. Their families and friends are almost as “shamed” and ostracized as they are. Such public humiliation and isolation has led to suicides. Several registered persons have been murdered by those who found their addresses, in two cases randomly.

Sex offenders are often very limited regarding travel and where they can live and they are often prohibited from being in many public spaces. A new wave of local legislation is sweeping over the land make it illegal for registered persons who have served their sentences to live virtually anywhere at all. In Miami, they can only liveunder a bridge.

The numbers required to register grow exponentially — including juveniles and many whose offenses were committed decades ago when they were considered rather minor transgressions. Together with their spouses, children and parents, registered sex offenders constitute a population larger than most large U.S. cities. There are nearly 700,000 registered sex offenders, several hundred thousand being sought for registration, several hundred thousand in prison, plus family members of sex offenders numbering about 2,000,000.

And the insanity spreads, instituting a new war on children and on young people and their sexuality. The youngest person now required to register is six years old and 4-year olds are being charged with sexual harassment. Juveniles whose feelings or actions are considered deviant have been subjected to the same aversive therapies once used to “cure” gay men, as well as public humiliation – their names, addresses and photos provided the public on the internet and in other media. Though in other areas, the privacy of juveniles is considered paramount, in the case of “sex offenders” it is completely abandoned.

In eighteen states, life-time civil commitment is now mandated for some categories of sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences. Though this status is supposed to be reserved only for truly violent predators, existing law now defines any offense against a minor, including those without any violence, as a violent act. By May, 2006, nearly 4,000 sex offenders were held under such statutes, and the number has undoubtedly increased. Though such persons are supposed to be in treatment for verifiable mental illnesses, and may be released to supervised parole, very few have ever been released, and many go virtually untreated.

Some of us who signed the original “Call to Protect our Children and Our Liberties” feel we must try again to stimulate a more objective discussion of the issues. We hope to get others to join us – especially people who work with children and who support justice and common sense. We want to get more people to raise the cry against this ravaging of the social fabric by a destructive and wrong-headed crusade.

We affirm the need to protect children — and all people of all ages — from sexual harm and the terror of violent rape and to deal seriously with those acts which cause such harm. We will emphasize the civil and human costs of current policies which deprive people of their rights and humiliate them and which undermine supportive relationships between adults and young people.

The present crusade is spreading fear and loathing across our society. Our society does not need more fear and loathing. It needs trust and dignity and redemption. At present there is no telling how far this self-destructive approach to social problems related to sexuality can go  unless people capable of courage, compassion and common sense stand up to stop it and turn our country’s attention to real solutions to our problems.

www.educationandjusticesolutions.info

Registering Sex Offenders

A national registry should be sufficient, listing the offenders crime.  There are numerous “sex offenses” that should not even have placed an offender in line for registering.  My preference is to have no registry at all.  This would save tax payers a lot of money and provide an offender more freedom to move and develop a lifestyle of responsibility without harassment and creating unnecessary fear because of their label.  Teach our young people how to respond to situations where they are uncomfortable, no matter whether the person is a perpetrator or not.  Close to 88% of sex offenses are with those who have no sex offense history.  Become informed.  Visit

www.reformsexoffenderlaws.org   For more free information regarding the prevention and treatment of sex offenders, and the lowering of crime re-offense rates and costs, email neil.s@charter.net .

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