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SOPRI has the rights to provide a viewing of this award winning documentary juxtaposes two compelling stories of sex offender laws: the black-and-white, retribution-driven vision of Ron Book, and the daily realities of those on sex offender registries, painted in multiple shades of gray. Please contact us if your organization would like to host a viewing.
“SOUTHWEST OF SALEM“
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four excavates the nightmarish persecution of four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas.
William Canavan, Executive Director/Founder, Boston Release Network
Bill assists men being released from civil commitment and those being discharged from other federal, state and county correctional facilities with all their essential needs when returning to the community. Many of these men have served several years of incarceration and are homeless. Bill is uniquely qualified to assist because he too spent more than three decades in prison.
He started doing this work on a volunteer basis in August 2013. As a result, the Boston Release Network was formed. It is comprised of men and women formerly convicted of a sex offense who know first-hand the difficulties encountered when returning to the community. A grant was received in November 2016 by the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition that has enabled Bill to do this important work full-time. That grant expired in 2018 and the Boston Release Network has now become a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.
Prior to starting his new job in November 2016, Bill worked as a paralegal primarily on Sexually Dangerous Person (SDP) trials, assisting in all aspects of the trial.