Nebraskans Unafraid Response to the ALI Proposed Changes

  • Abolish the registry. Period.
  • ALI could have but failed to set a goal of abolishing the registry, and that is why Nebraskans Unafraid cannot support the ALI proposal.
  • Evidence abounds that registries do not enhance public safety.
  • The registry is a vile practice that encourages discrimination, harms families, creates homelessness and joblessness.
  • Abolish the registry. Period.

The registry must be abolished. That is the starting, and ending, point for Nebraskans Unafraid.

We do not support the changes the American Law Institute (ALI) has proposed for its Model Penal Code that would affect the part dealing with sex offense registries. 

The proposed changes include making the registry available to law enforcement only, abolishing lifetime registration, keeping juveniles off the registry, and abolishing blanket restrictions for registrants. Each of those would help someone on the registry, so why do we not support the changes to the model code?

ALI would keep the registry in place. That’s why. ALI refused to set a goal of ending the registry, thereby supporting the existence of the registry. When they could have recommended the removal of registry laws, ALI chose to keep the registry entrenched in its model code.

There are plenty of studies that show that people forced to register are very rarely the ones who get arrested for a sex offense. The next arrest for a sex offense in your community will most likely be of someone not on the registry.

The registry drives families into poverty and isolation; it makes them vulnerable to harassment, vandalism, and vigilante violence. Omaha saw this very clearly in May 2020 when Mattieo Condoluci was murdered because of his status as a registrant.

The registry creates a category of people the community is encouraged to discriminate against by using registry status to deny employment and housing. The registry is used to turn people away from emergency shelter, from long-term healthcare, and from religious congregations and other social groups. The registry makes travel more difficult, damages relationships, and that damage echoes through the generations. No matter how many years or decades a registrant obeys the law while required to register, he or she is still subject to laws that apply to registrants and no one else.

ALI could have helped and encouraged everyone on the registry by simply recommending that the registry be ended. Instead, ALI did the usual picking and choosing among registrants, leaving registrants to vie with each other to be counted as “worthy” of any benefits.

We have many anti-registry organizations across the country and each one has its own ideas about what reform looks like. If all anti-registry organizations could unite behind one simple message, the registry must be ended, we would have much more power. 

ALI wants to leave the registry in place, making changes that benefit some but not others. That is simply not good enough. People on the sex offense registry deserve allies who will work to end the vile practice of public shaming

The registry must be abolished.

How your law enforcement tax dollars are wasted

  • Why send a SWAT team to check information reported to the sheriff days earlier?
  • What real crimes are being committed while law enforcement wastes time with compliance checks?
  • This proves the registry’s purpose is to shame and harass.

Nebraskans Unafraid recently received this report from a Nebraska resident who is forced to register. To guard against retaliation for telling the story, Nebraskans Unafraid is not divulging the identity of the person making the report.

Here is what we were told:

Around 9:00 a.m. [on a recent day], I heard my doorbell and I found two sheriff’s officers and two police officers on my front porch. It looked like a SWAT team.

My first question to them was, “What happened?” I thought that something major happened in the neighborhood. The police officer said, “We are just doing a check,” and he started asked me the basic questions (name, employment, telephone number, etc.). Then he asked me what vehicle I drove and I told him it was parked out on the street and the description of it.

It was a pleasant conversation. But I noticed one officer walked over and checked my vehicle from the outside. I found it strange that they would send out four officers. I have lived in the same place for years, and they previously only sent out one officer. In 15 years, I have never received so much as a traffic ticket.

How many real crimes are being committed elsewhere while these four law enforcement employees check on people who are not committing crimes and who are just trying to rebuild shattered lives?

I include a photo (above) of the law enforcement officers because it is overkill for this situation and it amounts to harassment, even though the officer asking the questions was polite. How much force is needed at my front door to do a check? Just a few days prior to this visit, I went to the sheriff’s office to verify all the information — the exact same information.

Maybe this force was for the community and its safety, or maybe it is just to shame and harass me. These tactics are starting to be used as a form of punishment without any due process. This is no longer just a “check.” Think of it: A gang of law enforcement officers shows up at your house in the morning hours when your neighbors are getting ready to go to work. It doesn’t matter how polite the law enforcement officers are. It is the general appearance that is given and the take-away for everybody in the surrounding area and your family members.

We try to protect our family members and keep them away from all this. Think how shocking and terrifying it can be to look out and see a gang of law enforcement on your front porch and not knowing why they are there.

The registry is really meant for harassment purposes and to terrify those on the list. Think about it: A lot of the people should have been off the list. Yet still they are being punished.

I always treat law enforcement with dignity and respect. Hopefully, they will always do the same in return.

Download the Nebraskans Unafraid Compliance Check Guide:

New phone scam targets people forced to register

  • Do not fall for phone scams
  • Registry enforcement is NOT done by phone
  • Hang up and report this fraud to law enforcement

Nebraskans Unafraid has been asked to warn the community about a new phone scam that targets people forced to register.

The scam is perpetrated by phone call.  The scammer will tell you that you failed to respond to some fictitious letter indicating that you had two days to verify registry information.  The caller then works the scam by saying you need a $750 voucher (amount might vary) to avoid going to jail. You might be told that if you go to the sheriff’s office you will be arrested.

You might be given instructions on how to obtain a voucher.

All of the scammer’s statements are lies. This is a fraud and you should not be taken in by it.

No registry enforcement is done by phone. Law enforcement will never call you and demand money.

If you get a phone call like this, simply ignore it and report it to legitimate law enforcement.

If you use a mobile phone, it’s a good idea to put trusted contacts in your contacts list and if you get a call from someone not on that list, just don’t answer it.

Here are some of our previous posts warning of phone scams:

Don’t be duped

Just hang up