Rape in Lincoln is at its highest level in 25 years, and rape in Nebraska is on the rise in spite of the state’s harsh sex-offender law enacted in 2009.
If the law — LB 285 of 2009 — worked as it was advertised, we would not have this tragic and growing list of victims.
LB 285 tossed every former offender on a public-shaming website and eliminated risk assessments.
LB 285, Nebraska’s version of the perverted and discredited federal Adam Walsh Act, was sold to lawmakers and the public as the perfect public-safety tool. But let’s be plain and honest: The true intent of LB 285 was to help get then-State Attorney General Jon Bruning elected to the U.S. Senate.
It failed, even in that. Now, it is clear, it fails as a public safety tool.
It is time to roll back this harmful useless law.