Senators introduce criminal justice bills on first day of session

The Unicameral opened its 2018 session this week. Senators introduced bills beginning on Wednesday, including several pertaining to the state’s criminal justice system.

Lincoln Journal-Star reporter JoAnne Young has a rundown of some of the bills that were introduced on Wednesday. Bills deal with prison overcrowding, medical release of inmates, and rates for phone calls from county and city jails.

One bill, LB-689, would amend the Sex Offender Registration Act to bring it into compliance with a 2017 federal court ruling.

LB-689 specifies that juveniles adjudicated delinquent in Nebraska and other states are not subject to the states sex offender registry.

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  1. A woman, mother and friend whom I spent time with in jail for charges that led to sex registration committed suicide the day after Christmas here in Omaha. I just saw her at a store near my home and we talked about how it was affecting our lives and she was unable to move forward with a place to live or work ultimately choosing to take her own life on December 26, 2018. She never hurt anyone. She didnt deserve to be on the registry anymore than I do. I realize how lucky I am to have a place to live and a place to work all because I have people who believe in me. Thats all Sarah needed too, was someone who believed in her. RIP Sarah


  2. I'm terribly sorry that Sarah could see no other course. I'm also sorry for those who loved her. The horrible laws that do not protect children but ruin the lives of registrants and their families are the cause. I keep hoping and praying that legislators will stop using these laws to further their own ambitions.


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