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FL Legislators Ignore Sex Workers & Unanimously Pass Senate Bill 540, which Aims to Punish & Shame Adults Who Sell Sex

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alex@swopusa.org (407) 310-0879 (cell)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
May 3, 2019

FL Legislators Ignore Sex Workers & Unanimously Pass Senate Bill 540, which Aims to Punish & Shame Adults Who Sell Sex

The Florida Legislature has unanimously passed Senate Bill 540 (2019), which will create a “Solicitation of Prostitution” registry in the state of Florida. This registry will be open to the public & aims to name & shame adults in the sex industry. Another provision will add a mandatory minimum jail sentence for first-time offenders who asked for compensated sexual services from a consenting adult.

Every member of the Florida House and Senate has now shown how little regard each member has for the brave sex workers and victims of sex trafficking who testified about the unavoidable harm this bill will create in their communities. This vote confirms that many legislators might share Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen’s belief that our advocates and allies are “criminals” and therefore, apparently, can be disregarded..

SWOP Behind Bars and its coalition partners put each lawmaker on notice about how this bill will add increase stigma toward people who sell sex, which will drive them further away from social services, including those that could help them leave the work if they wanted. We also told Florida lawmakers the bill would not just risk placing sex-worker clients on registries, but also sex workers if State Attorneys throughout the state charge them with “solicitation” offenses based on unilateral, unregulated whims.

Sex workers have tried to help legislators understand the harmful effects of proposed legislation in the past, when they cried out about how the federal SESTA/FOSTA bills would put them in danger.They were also ignored.

Dr. Jill McCracken, an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, states “This bill is the opposite of what sex workers or harm reduction advocates want. Evidence-based research does not support punitive public shaming. Our legislators need to listen to sex workers and victims of trafficking when they tell us to stop these arrests.”

Sex workers in Florida want the Florida Legislature and the world to know the truth. When we are killed because our names are placed on a registry, we will hold the Florida legislators responsible. When our kids are taken away from our safe homes, put into Florida’s dangerous foster-care system, perhaps cruelly beaten or sexually molested, we will also hold Florida legislators responsible. Listen to sex workers and stop these arrests.

 

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more
WHAT CAN THE SPACE SHUTTLE TEACH US ABOUT MAKING A BREAK FROM OUR PAST?
An excerpt from the book Illegal to Legal: Business Success for the (Formerly) Incarcerated © 2014 by RL Pelshaw, used with permission.

Your strengths are found in your past, both good and bad. I’m not here to beat you up over what you did, or might even be doing now. I’m here to give you a practical path that you can follow to help you use your past to propel you to a new future, your destiny, a future where you have left your past behind you.

Take a moment and think about the Space Shuttle. Obviously, the Shuttle was not designed to stay on earth. It fulfills its destiny in space, not on the launch pad. Blasting off is not a passive event. It’s violent, explosive, and a life-or-death battle to reach the stars. What is the biggest obstacle the Shuttle must overcome to get into space? It’s not gravity but the weight of the fuel. The fuel weighs more than nineteen times what the Shuttle weighs. It’s ironic because the Shuttle needs the fuel to get into orbit, but the fuel is so heavy it becomes the biggest obstacle the Shuttle must overcome to blast into space. Breaking through the atmosphere into its destiny is the most difficult thing the Shuttle will ever do. I promised to show you how to use your past to propel you to your destiny. Pretend you are the Space Shuttle. You’re designed and destined to be high above where you are now, but you’re stuck on earth. You’re on the launch pad, ready for something to get you moving. You are yearning for something better, knowing you don’t belong where you are now. You are unhappy that you can’t get to where you want to be but you don’t know how to reach the stars. As the Shuttle you have to use your fuel to blast off, but what is that fuel? Your past, your life experience, is like the fuel in the Space Shuttle. If the fuel is properly used it can propel you into orbit, your destiny. If the fuel is improperly used it becomes dangerous, explosive, and can destroy the Shuttle. If the fuel is unused it weighs you down and keeps you stuck on the launch pad. Life on the launch pad is an unfilled life. On the launch pad you’re never going anywhere, never changing, never doing anything differently, never improving, and never learning. All you are doing is wasting away and decaying while you ignore your destiny above you. I was being crippled by the mental load of shame over the consequences of my mistakes, what I lost, and broken relationships. There was no easy way from that, and I think every incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizen faces that. I asked for, and received God’s help, which I continually need to get past the shame and things that would weigh me down if I let them. Ultimately, I had to choose to get over myself.

You must decide if you want to let your past weigh you down, destroy you, or propel you to your destiny among the stars. What will you decide? Are you willing to do what it takes to make it legitimately, so you can reach your destiny, the life you were meant to live? Once the Shuttle blasts off it cannot return to Earth until its mission is complete. A return mid-launch would be catastrophic for the Shuttle.

History gives us another example of the commitment required for success. Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez burned his ships when he reached the New World in the 1500s. You must have that level of commitment if you wish to reach your goal. Returning to the past should not be an option at all, no matter how hard it is to launch or break through to your destiny. Just as the Space Shuttle cannot return to earth mid-launch, and there were no ships for Cortez’ men to return to Spain, there should be no chance of you ever returning to a life of crime. Close that door forever! This book will show you ways to start your own business so you don’t have to return to or continue crime to make a living.

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more
WHAT CAN THE SPACE SHUTTLE TEACH US ABOUT MAKING A BREAK FROM OUR PAST?
An excerpt from the book Illegal to Legal: Business Success for the (Formerly) Incarcerated © 2014 by RL Pelshaw, used with permission.

Your strengths are found in your past, both good and bad. I’m not here to beat you up over what you did, or might even be doing now. I’m here to give you a practical path that you can follow to help you use your past to propel you to a new future, your destiny, a future where you have left your past behind you.

Take a moment and think about the Space Shuttle. Obviously, the Shuttle was not designed to stay on earth. It fulfills its destiny in space, not on the launch pad. Blasting off is not a passive event. It’s violent, explosive, and a life-or-death battle to reach the stars. What is the biggest obstacle the Shuttle must overcome to get into space? It’s not gravity but the weight of the fuel. The fuel weighs more than nineteen times what the Shuttle weighs. It’s ironic because the Shuttle needs the fuel to get into orbit, but the fuel is so heavy it becomes the biggest obstacle the Shuttle must overcome to blast into space. Breaking through the atmosphere into its destiny is the most difficult thing the Shuttle will ever do. I promised to show you how to use your past to propel you to your destiny. Pretend you are the Space Shuttle. You’re designed and destined to be high above where you are now, but you’re stuck on earth. You’re on the launch pad, ready for something to get you moving. You are yearning for something better, knowing you don’t belong where you are now. You are unhappy that you can’t get to where you want to be but you don’t know how to reach the stars. As the Shuttle you have to use your fuel to blast off, but what is that fuel? Your past, your life experience, is like the fuel in the Space Shuttle. If the fuel is properly used it can propel you into orbit, your destiny. If the fuel is improperly used it becomes dangerous, explosive, and can destroy the Shuttle. If the fuel is unused it weighs you down and keeps you stuck on the launch pad. Life on the launch pad is an unfilled life. On the launch pad you’re never going anywhere, never changing, never doing anything differently, never improving, and never learning. All you are doing is wasting away and decaying while you ignore your destiny above you. I was being crippled by the mental load of shame over the consequences of my mistakes, what I lost, and broken relationships. There was no easy way from that, and I think every incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizen faces that. I asked for, and received God’s help, which I continually need to get past the shame and things that would weigh me down if I let them. Ultimately, I had to choose to get over myself.

You must decide if you want to let your past weigh you down, destroy you, or propel you to your destiny among the stars. What will you decide? Are you willing to do what it takes to make it legitimately, so you can reach your destiny, the life you were meant to live? Once the Shuttle blasts off it cannot return to Earth until its mission is complete. A return mid-launch would be catastrophic for the Shuttle.

History gives us another example of the commitment required for success. Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez burned his ships when he reached the New World in the 1500s. You must have that level of commitment if you wish to reach your goal. Returning to the past should not be an option at all, no matter how hard it is to launch or break through to your destiny. Just as the Space Shuttle cannot return to earth mid-launch, and there were no ships for Cortez’ men to return to Spain, there should be no chance of you ever returning to a life of crime. Close that door forever! This book will show you ways to start your own business so you don’t have to return to or continue crime to make a living.

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more

PA Now Pardons For Free

If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee. At least, that was the case until now. Katie Meyer, WITF March 17, 2019

read more
Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Philadelphia In April: Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition.

Happening In Philadelphia: A Rising Tide. Maternity Care Coalition. The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

read more

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

read more

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack


read more
We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

read more
WHAT CAN THE SPACE SHUTTLE TEACH US ABOUT MAKING A BREAK FROM OUR PAST?
An excerpt from the book Illegal to Legal: Business Success for the (Formerly) Incarcerated © 2014 by RL Pelshaw, used with permission.

Your strengths are found in your past, both good and bad. I’m not here to beat you up over what you did, or might even be doing now. I’m here to give you a practical path that you can follow to help you use your past to propel you to a new future, your destiny, a future where you have left your past behind you.

Take a moment and think about the Space Shuttle. Obviously, the Shuttle was not designed to stay on earth. It fulfills its destiny in space, not on the launch pad. Blasting off is not a passive event. It’s violent, explosive, and a life-or-death battle to reach the stars. What is the biggest obstacle the Shuttle must overcome to get into space? It’s not gravity but the weight of the fuel. The fuel weighs more than nineteen times what the Shuttle weighs. It’s ironic because the Shuttle needs the fuel to get into orbit, but the fuel is so heavy it becomes the biggest obstacle the Shuttle must overcome to blast into space. Breaking through the atmosphere into its destiny is the most difficult thing the Shuttle will ever do. I promised to show you how to use your past to propel you to your destiny. Pretend you are the Space Shuttle. You’re designed and destined to be high above where you are now, but you’re stuck on earth. You’re on the launch pad, ready for something to get you moving. You are yearning for something better, knowing you don’t belong where you are now. You are unhappy that you can’t get to where you want to be but you don’t know how to reach the stars. As the Shuttle you have to use your fuel to blast off, but what is that fuel? Your past, your life experience, is like the fuel in the Space Shuttle. If the fuel is properly used it can propel you into orbit, your destiny. If the fuel is improperly used it becomes dangerous, explosive, and can destroy the Shuttle. If the fuel is unused it weighs you down and keeps you stuck on the launch pad. Life on the launch pad is an unfilled life. On the launch pad you’re never going anywhere, never changing, never doing anything differently, never improving, and never learning. All you are doing is wasting away and decaying while you ignore your destiny above you. I was being crippled by the mental load of shame over the consequences of my mistakes, what I lost, and broken relationships. There was no easy way from that, and I think every incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizen faces that. I asked for, and received God’s help, which I continually need to get past the shame and things that would weigh me down if I let them. Ultimately, I had to choose to get over myself.

You must decide if you want to let your past weigh you down, destroy you, or propel you to your destiny among the stars. What will you decide? Are you willing to do what it takes to make it legitimately, so you can reach your destiny, the life you were meant to live? Once the Shuttle blasts off it cannot return to Earth until its mission is complete. A return mid-launch would be catastrophic for the Shuttle.

History gives us another example of the commitment required for success. Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez burned his ships when he reached the New World in the 1500s. You must have that level of commitment if you wish to reach your goal. Returning to the past should not be an option at all, no matter how hard it is to launch or break through to your destiny. Just as the Space Shuttle cannot return to earth mid-launch, and there were no ships for Cortez’ men to return to Spain, there should be no chance of you ever returning to a life of crime. Close that door forever! This book will show you ways to start your own business so you don’t have to return to or continue crime to make a living.