Welcome to Nebraskans Unafraid!

Nebraskans Unafraid (NU) is a grass-roots organization that works to make our communities safer. We believe the right to safety extends to registered people and their loved ones. We oppose Nebraska’s state-sanctioned violence against groups of people. We work to change the draconian laws that incite violence, deprive people of their jobs, homes and family lives. We educate the public about how to achieve safe communities.

Nebraskans Unafraid’s initiatives include FEARLESS, monthly gatherings for Registered People and their loved ones, where they can connect with others who are in similar circumstances and learn about how to survive and thrive despite the public-shaming registry. Through our Compassion Initiative outreach, we provide support and referrals to help Registered People find jobs, housing, spiritual support and social contacts.

Has law enforcement invaded your home?

  • ‘Compliance Checks’ are about money for police, not public safety.
  • Know your rights when they’re at your door.
  • Tell Nebraskans Unafraid about your law enforcement encounter.

The home-invasive visits euphemistically called “compliance checks” are carried out by Nebraska law enforcement agencies with little or no regard for the rights of people who are forced to register.

These checks are not in the interest of public safety. They’re in the financial interest of the law enforcement agency that carries them out. Here’s the game: You tell the state where you live, and the state puts that information on the registry, to your detriment. Then law enforcement comes out to that address and if you are there, they check off a box. Agencies receive grant money (your tax funds) to conduct these checks.

So you are paying taxes to be abused by your law enforcement agency.

If you happen not to be home, some law enforcement agencies slap a note on your door telling you to call them. Don’t worry. There is no legal requirement for you to make that call.

Always remember this: If you are under the supervision of a parole or probation officer, you are required to answer the door when your PO knocks. You are required to answer the door when law enforcement officers accompany your PO. When law enforcement comes without your PO, though, you are not required to answer the door. If you are no longer under supervision of any kind, and there is no warrant involving you or your home, you definitely are not required to answer the door when law enforcement knocks. Here is one resource that outlines your rights.

It is time to shine a light on furtive law enforcement invasions of the homes of people who have completed their sentences and have the right to feel secure in their own homes. Tell us your story by using this anonymous form.

Nebraskans Unafraid intends to use information gathered here to inform lawmakers and other public policymakers. Please help us.

Nebraska Story #8: Alejandro

Nebraska law opens the door to harassment, and leaves it standing wide open.

  • State lawmakers complacent and complicit on never-ending punishment.
  • Contractor messed up job, threatened retaliation when confronted.
  • When your sentence is complete, punishment should end.

This is a series of Nebraska stories about life on the registry. All names have been changed, even when the registrant said we could use his or her name. But the laws that cause so much grief are very real.

Alejandro hired a contractor for a home renovation project. When the contractor fouled up the job, Alejandro fired him. The contractor then threatened to go to Alejandro’s homeowners association to expose him as a registrant.

Nebraska makes this kind of harassment possible by publishing names, addresses, and photos on the registry website.

Nebraska must stop treating registrants as if they deserve the harm the registry makes possible.

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Self-defense tactic would have been a farce; media swing-set fetish just plain weird

  • Nebraska Legislature bears responsibility for murder.
  • News media swing-set fetish was farcical, too.
  • Registry must be abolished.

The weird news media fetish with the swing set was one of the most bizarre aspects of this bizarre case.

James Fairbanks plotted and then carried out the murder in Omaha of Mattieo Condoluci in May 2020. (Fairbanks took a plea agreement instead of going to trial).

The Omaha World-Herald and other local news media, in stories about the murder, became obsessed with the fact that Condoluci had a swing set in his backyard. They assumed, as did his killer, that the swing set was “bait” for neighborhood kids.

Well, it turns out that the swing set was there for Condoluci’s grandchild. That’s right — the guy was just being a good grandfather. But he was forced to register after he paid for his offense, and that is why Fairbanks entered Condoluci’s home and shot him dead.

The backyard swing set made its way into story after story after story, as if to say, “Well, he deserved to die. He had a swing set in his backyard.”

Fairbanks considered trying to get off by claiming self-defense, a tactic the prosecutor called comical. We would call it farcical. You come through the door of someone’s home with a gun and of course the home’s occupant will try to protect himself. You can’t claim self-defense when you obviously intended to kill your victim.

Not only did Fairbanks go to Mr. Condoluci’s house with a shotgun, but he had researched the legal consequences of the murder he intended to commit. More frightening yet was the fact that he’d also mapped out a path to the home of another person forced by the state to register.  

Fairbanks’ children have lost their father. Fairbanks was unable to express remorse. He was asked how he felt about the fact that he abandoned his own children when he decided to commit murder. All he could muster was something about having a lot of regrets.

Condoluci’s grandson, for whom the swing set was intended, lost his good grandfather.

Three kids harmed because the Nebraska Legislature will not take down the useless and damaging registry.

That’s right — the Nebraska Legislature bears responsibility for this murder.

There’s a great post on this topic over at Notes from the Handbasket.

Here’s a key excerpt:

‘Nebraska legislators carry a large share of the blame for Condoluci’s murder because the Legislature is the body that put the registry in place. In 2009, they voted to make names, faces, and addresses easily available to the public–easily available to someone like Fairbanks who wants to hunt for registrants.

‘The killing of Mattieo Condoluci made it abundantly clear that registrants have been telling the truth: the registry puts registrants and their families at risk.

‘Does the Legislature regret making it easy for Fairbanks to target his victim? 

‘Given their lack of action in the 2021 legislative session to mitigate the effects of the registry, the answer seems to be clear.

‘As clear as Fairbanks’ lack of remorse.’