Nebraska Law Premised on a Fabrication

Every now and then, we call attention to the Guidelines for Using the Nebraska State Patrol Sex Offender website.

This is one of those times. We highlight Guideline #5:

The Nebraska Legislature’s finding from the 1990s that all sex offenders are dangerous was not based on any scientific, empirical evidence. It was a politically-motivated “made up” finding that was based on popular myth. There is a vast and growing body of evidence that the reverse is actually true – that sex offenders are among the least likely to reoffend. The Legislative Finding is made up in the same way that the oft-repeated “50,000 online predators” number was made up.

Ryan Spohn, Ph.D., who completed the University of Nebraska-Omaha research that shows Nebraska sex offenders have extremely low reoffense rates, is struck by the fact that Nebraska law codifies an unfounded opinion.

“. . . it flew in the face of basically every published research study to come out over the last 10 years,” Dr. Spohn said.

Click here to read a complete Nebraskans Unafraid interview with Dr. Spohn.

Published by nufearless

Nebraskans Unafraid is committed to making our communities safer by ensuring that lawmakers and policymakers do not support laws that cause homelessness, joblessness and damage to families.

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