Petition to Abolish or Reform the New Jersey SVP Civil Commitment Law

Petition to Abolish or Reform the New Jersey SVP Civil Commitment Law

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Jim Grushack started this petition to Governor Phil Murphy and

 

The symbol above is associated with the legal system and the principles of fairness and equity.

Then, why is it that the symbol of justice, is wearing a blind fold? Is it because the legal system only wants to see, what it wants to see? Plus, she is carrying a sword, to protect and to cut through to the truth. So what truth is she protecting, certainly not the accused sex offender? 

Eleanor Roosevelt once stated, “Justice cannot be for one side alone but must be for both which needs to be fair and equal.”

So why is it that sex offenders are the only ones civilly committed and placed on a Sex Offenders Registry, after serving their required sentence, why not all offenders, where is the fairness? What is good for one offense should be good for all offenses.

Under the New Jersey (SVP) Sexually Violent Predator Act, a Sex Offender after serving their sentence, they are petitioned by the state to be civilly committed as an SVP offender. Once the person is designated as an SVP offender, they are to be place for an indeterminate amount of time in custody of the state, and to receive sex offenders treatment within the confinement of a state secure facility. This treatment is at the Special Treatment Unit, connected to the East Jersey State Prison. The facility is run by D.O.C.(Dept. of Correction) for security, and D.H.S.(Dept. of Human Services), for Sex Offenders Treatment . (For information on the cruel and punishing Civil Commitment please see attached links at the bottom of this petition).

Sex Offenders Treatment Program is based on one size fits all. The offenders in the group tell the person discussing their crimes on what he did wrong and how to correct his issues, so it does not happen again, a real joke. Remember these same offenders are there for the same reason. If the person taking the floor argues back, he is on Treatment Refusal if he doesn’t give any feedback, he is put on Treatment Refusal. If he does not take the floor because of being afraid of talking in front of people or retaliation from the resident, he is put on Treatment Refusal. So where is the treatment, how can he advance to the next step to get release?  It should be designed to fit the offenders’ needs, on a one-on-one bases, if treatment really works in the first place.

There are 5 steps to complete to be considered for release. Each step is approximately for 1 year. Every time you are placed on Treatment Refusal you lose some privileges, and any chance to advance to the next step. These offenders, even with treatment, are held until the state believe they will not reoffend again in the future, (which is impossible to know) which could be a life sentence (better known as a Death Sentence), to protect the public. If there is going to be a treatment program, then it should be for a reasonable time limit, not for an indefinite period of time.

There is no other crime that continues to punish a Sex Offender as follows:

1.    Time served in Prison.

2.    Indefinite time period for treatment in Civil Commitment Facility.

3.    Parole for Life.

4.    Sex offender Registry for Life.

5.    Posters are distributed all around their community for the neighbors to see who a sex offender is.

6.    The embarrassment the offenders’ family endures, is this fair to them?

7.    Employer is notified of offenders’ crimes.

8.    Offender is only allowed to live in certain areas.

These sex offenders are treated worse than prisoners. Plus, there is no proof that the treatment works. The state continues to civilly commit these offenders based on what they call abnormalities, Bi-Polar Disorder, ADHD Disorder, Anti-Social Disorder, Below Level Intelligence, or any other disorder that they can produce, so they do not have to release the offender. 

However, they are Civilly Committed because the state says they need treatment.  Since the Covid-19 Pandemic started in 2020, treatment programs for residents have been either very few or none. So, why are they still being held, if no treatment is being provided? 

There is no other criminal offense that punishes you twice. Even criminals who commit Murder, Assaults, Burglary, Weapon Possession, Kidnapping, ETC) is not sentence twice, or is it all about the money?

Sen. Joe Morrissey, and Del. Patrick Hope, both Democratic, from Virginia, co-sponsored legislation that would end the state's authority to civilly commit sex offenders. He argued that the current system is unfair and punishes offenders twice for the same crime "We don't sentence people because of what they might do," he said. "That's abhorrent to everything that our democracy and our criminal justice system believes in."

 ST. PAUL - A federal judge has sternly warned the Legislature to change the sex offender program or face a court-ordered intervention." The time for legislative action is now,"

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank wrote, "The politicians of this great state must now ask themselves if they will act to revise a system that is clearly broken, or stand idly by and do nothing, simply awaiting court intervention.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton stated that,” It is really impossible to predict, whether or not (Sex Offenders) are at risk. The Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) requires predications about whether sex offenders “are at risk to reoffend” if such predictions are “impossible “the whole law is a crock. 

District Judge P.K. Reiter, Dec. 9, 2015,  intended to release a man from Texas’ controversial civil commitment treatment facility, on the grounds it would be unconstitutional to keep him in a program, and would be a violation of Texas Constitution.

The cost to maintain a civilly committed offender is about $190,000.00, per offender. There are approximately 650 sex offenders civilly committed in the State of New Jersey for a total of $123,500,000.00 annually. Nationally, there is about 6,500 Civilly Committed Offenders at a cost of $1,235,000,000.00, annually, not counting the Parole Supervision expense to monitor offenders annually if they happen to be lucky enough to get released. Don’t you think this money can help the people of the State of New Jersey or the Nation, to have a better life (Social Security, Medical, Education, Shelter, Food, Jobs, Taxes, Etc.)? 

If the justice system is designed to exonerate the innocent, and punish the guilty which is fair for both sides:

1.    Why would we lock up men who served their time in full?

2.    Why is there a one size fits all, treatment program?

3.    Why would we place residents on Treatment Refusal if they are afraid to discuss their crimes out of retaliation, if they are there for treatment?

4.    Why would we lock up men for what they MIGHT do in the future?

5.    Why would we lock up men with no definitive release date?

6.    Why would we target one offense to lock up potential future crimes?

7.    Why would we call a prison a center for treatment (locked doors, razor wire, ankle monitors, etc.)?

8.    Why would we only release a handful in half a decade?

Are we to sit idle, and do nothing, or are we going to voice our concerns, and tell the State of New Jersey Law makers and the Nation, enough is enough, and to end or reform this unfair, cruel, and punishing law?

The public needs to get on board to abolish or reform this unfair Double Jeopardy Law once and for all. Yes, it is a Double Jeopardy Law, what other crimes are there that prosecutes you twice for the same offense (Prison, Commitment Center)? The law states it is not double jeopardy, and that they are committing you for treatment only, so why is treatment indefinitely?

Please note that you never heard of a Politician, Doctor, Lawyer, Professional Entertainers, Sex Traffickers who use their power for sex, get arrested, and then get Civilly Committed, after their sentence, Why? (See reference link, List of political figures accused of sexual misconduct.)

Former Vice President Biden, made a statement about kids playing with his blonde leg hair and that they would rub his leg down so the hair would be straight, when he worked as a lifeguard, and how he’s “loved kids jumping on his “lap” in June 2017. Should we commit him as a pervert? But still we elected him as President.

Former New York Governor Como, was accused of groping a staff member. However, the Prosecutor did not find enough evidence to press charges. How many people were falsely accused of a sex offense, were arrested, sentenced, and committed, based on here say alone?  

Santa Claus, during the Christmas Holidays, picks up children to sit on his lap through-out the world, should he be arrested for being a pervert?  Would they stop singing Santa's Christmas songs?

You, a family member, or somebody you know will be the next person getting arrested for a sex offense simply by bumping into a person, shaking their hand, the person just wants to get back at you, or somebodies teenage daughter lies to authority about their adult affair because of the embarrassment, sick isn’t it.

What ever happen to “We the People, By the people, For the people”? Did America become one sided so politicians who make the law, can look good for re-elections, instead of what is fair, or is it the money?

The people of this great nation need to stand together as one, and to act now, to abolish or reform this unfair law, to be fair for both sides of the legal system. If not than this law will continue for an indefinite period.

If we, can get all the states that have the Civil Commitment Law, to file a petition to abolish or reform the SVP- Sexual Civil Commitment Law, we all stand a better chance to win. Remember, united we stand, divided we fall, to end the Sexual Civil Commitment Law.

So let your voices be heard, let us make what is WRONG a Right, please sign, and share, this petition, so that fair justice can be served, and Lady Justice can remove her blind fold, to see the truth, once and for all.

  Additional Petitions Links:

1 - FREE the men from the SHADOW PRISON-Texas Civil Commitment Center in Littlefield, TX

https://www.change.org/p/greg-abbott-free-the-men-of-the-shadow-prison-texas-civil-commitment-center-in-littlefield-tx

2 - HELP TO END "CIVIL COMMITTMENT AND "UNCONSTITUTIONAL", "S​.​V​.​P. ACT", IN ILLINOIS

https://www.change.org/p/please-share-this-petition-with-as-many-people-possible?redirect=false

3 - Abolish the Sex Offenders Registry

https://www.change.org/p/abolish-the-sex-offender-registry

Civil Commitment Information Links:

1 – NJ “Special Treatment Unit” a Potential Death Sentence

https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2020/aug/1/commitment-new-jerseys-special-treatment-unit-potential-death-sentence/

2 - NJ Treatment Facility Higher Covid Rate

https://all4consolaws.org/2020/06/nj-obscure-new-jersey-treatment-facility-has-a-higher-covid-19-death-rate-than-any-prison-in-the-country/

3 - Barbara Koeppel  Sex Crime and Criminal Law

https://washingtonspectator.org/koeppel-sex-crimes-and-criminal-justice/

4 - Virginia Bill to End Civil Commitment

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/virginia-bill-end-civil-commitment-sex-offenders-75344370

5 - Governor Explains Why the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is a Crock

https://ajustfuture.org/governor-explains-why-the-minnesota-sex-offender-program-is-a-crock/

6 - Judge Reiter states “it is unconstitutional”

 https://texasvoices.org/judge-plans-to-release-texas-sex-offender-from-civil-commitment/

7 - Pretends Prisoners are patients

https://reason.com/2021/02/10/civil-commitment-of-sex-offenders-pretends-prisoners-are-patients/

8 - Man Dies in Civil Commitment

https://floridaactioncommittee.org/man-dies-in-civil-commitment-after-being-beaten-by-officers/

9 - Served their sentence now they want to know when they can go home

https://reason.com/2021/03/31/they-served-their-sentences-now-they-want-to-know-when-they-can-go-home/

10 - Commitment of Sex Offenders/ Journal of Ethics

https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/article/civil-commitment-sex-offenders/2013-10

11 - List of political figures accused of sexual misconduct

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/sexual-misconduct/here-s-list-political-figures-accused-sexual-misconduct-n827821

12 - Prominent U.S. political figures accused of sexual misconduct

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-cuomo-figures-factbox/factbox-prominent-u-s-political-figures-accused-of-sexual-misconduct-idUSKBN2B42TP

13 - Help safe our sons

 helpsaveoursons.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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