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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

New Book: Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System: Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Sex Offenses by Lawrence A. Dubin and Emily Horowitz


Happy 4th of July everyone. 

I just finished my 63rd book on Sexual Violence, Sex Offenders, Registries, Civil Commitment of SVP’s, Teen Sexting, Sex Crimes/the Media and Fear-mongering. 

Today’s book was on Autistic people being prosecuted, convicted, imprisoned and labeled “Sex Offenders” the second book I’ve read on this topic BUT this book covers so much more than just the autistic side.

It's the current #13 slot of my Top 20 Recommending Reading and I've recommended it to every Virginia Delegate and Senator. 

Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System: Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Sex Offenses by Lawrence A. Dubin and Emily Horowitz

One of the big difference and pluses with this book is that every chapter is authored by someone different.

The foreword is written by a former U.S. Attorney who prosecuted hundreds if not thousands of Child Pornography possessors, viewers and producers.

There are chapters by Criminal Defense Attorneys, Licensed Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Professors of Special Education, a former Staff Attorney with the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Physician of Sexual Behaviors/Disorders, Professors of Social Welfare, Professors of Law , Professors of Criminal Justice and others.

This combination of stakeholders really makes a well-rounded read.

There is plenty of documentation and data to support every chapter for those naysayers.

And for those who have advocated for Mandatory Minimums for Child Pornography possession and viewing claiming those viewers will 100% become hands-on offenders down the road by referencing the unethical “Butner Study”, Chapter 7 debunks all the false claims and fear-mongering that the Butner Study created years ago and the PROTECT Act 2003 (Sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch and then Congressman Mike Pence) incorrectly used as rationale for harsher laws and sentences.
 
Mary Devoy