Journalist will be FEARLESS guest on Monday, June 21

  • Steven Yoder’s work on California’s system was suppressed.
  • Yoder covers criminal justice issues.
  • Contact us if you wish to join us online.

Steven Yoder, a free-lance journalist who has written about registry issues, will be our guest this month for our third-Monday FEARLESS meeting.

We have asked him to talk about the story he wrote about California’s civil commitment program: 

After he found California’s indefinite detention of sex offenders wasn’t working, the state shut him down and destroyed his research.

Should be a great discussion.

(You can find more of Steve’s articles about criminal justice, including registry issues, here).

The 7 p.m. Central time Monday, June 21 meeting of FEARLESS will be online. Email your full name and a verifiable address to nunafrd@gmail.com and we will send you credentials for the meeting, which will again be on Zoom.

Make Sure You Comment on Interim Study of Registry in Nebraska

  • Nebraska Legislature conducting another interim study of the registry.
  • Previous interim studies have found the registry is ineffective, harms many, costs a lot of money and does not help solve or prevent crime.
  • Make your voice heard.

The Nebraska Legislature is undertaking another interim study of sex-offender registration laws.

The study, LR 189 introduced by State Sen. John McCollister, intends to look at these issues, among others:

  • Whether juveniles adjudicated as sex offenders outside Nebraska should register as sex offenders if they move to Nebraska;
  • Whether a tier-based system of differentiated public notification based on the individual’s risk level, seriousness of conviction, and age should be used in sex offender registration; and
  • Changes that could be made to the Sex Offender Registration Act.

Make your voice heard. The Legislature’s LR 189 information page includes a link where you may submit your comments online. It’s easy to find (see the illustration below).

Those of you who have dealt with the Legislature know what state senators need to hear. Let them hear you.

The Legislature has conducted interim studies on this issue before. It has found that the registry protects no one, harms many and does not help solve or prevent crime.

We will track progress in the Legislature on this blog. Meanwhile, here are some helpful links:

LR189 on the Nebraska Legislature website

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American Law Institute Favors Ending the Public Registry

  • Institute’s Model Penal Code influences courts, lawmakers.
  • Restrictions on residency and internet use also targeted.
  • Institute includes prominent judges and attorneys.

On Thursday, June 8, 2021 the membership of the American Law Institute (ALI) gave its final approval to a revision of the Model Penal Code’s (MPC) chapter on Sexual Assault and Related Offenses.

Among major provisions of the MPC is the elimination of the public registry.

The proposal also includes, but is not limited to, recommendations to abolish most residency restrictions, internet restrictions and GPS location monitoring.

“The ALI drafts model laws that often become statutes as well as restatements of the law that are widely cited as authority in judicial opinions,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  “ACSOL thanks ALI for focusing its attention on the plethora of laws that harm registrants and their families and that do not increase public safety.”

The American Law Institute, established in 1923, is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The current Council of the ALI includes 7 members of the United States Courts of Appeal as well as Justices on the highest courts of California, Arizona, Texas, and New Jersey. The recommendations of the ALI Council become the official position of the Institute when adopted by the membership, which consists of leading attorneys, law professors, and judges who have been nominated and elected to membership.

Read more about the MPC