Oh, Happy Day! Bruning, Pirsch Lose at the Polls

The chief architects of Nebraska’s politically motivated former sex offender law saw their political careers go down in flames in the Tuesday, May 13, primary election.

Attorney General Jon Bruning lost the Republican gubernatorial primary to Pete Ricketts, and former State Sen. Pete Pirsch finished fourth in a four-person race for the GOP attorney general nomination. Bruning and Pirsch were the moving spirits behind LB 285 of 2009, which exposed you and your families to vigilante violence and in general made the state more dangerous.

Icing on the cake: Bellevue City Council member Carol Blood, champion of a silly residence restriction law, came in behind a relatively unknown opponent.

Nebraskans Unafraid thanks all who heeded our call to vote. We heard from more than a few who registered specifically to vote against Bruning and Pirsch. You have demonstrated what a huge difference you can make. See complete election returns here. We also thank Heaven that Bruning and Pirsch are out of public life.

Former Sex Offenders’ Low Rate of Recidivism Again Ignored by News Media

Reporting on former sex offenders.

It certainly is not news that the news media can’t get their facts straight about former sex offenders.

So the kerfuffle in Colorado between “9News ‘Colorado’s News Leader’ ” and the Colorado Department of Corrections over the station’s factual errors is not a surprise.

What MUST be pointed out however, is this fact that emerges from the push-and-pull over what’s right and wrong about former sex offenders:

For the 854 (Colorado) sex offenders released in 2010, eight returned to prison within three years for a new sex crime. That makes the recidivism rate just less than 1 percent.

As was first and thoroughly reported by Nebraskans Unafraid last year, a University of Nebraska-Omaha study found a similarly low rate of recidivism among Nebraska sex offenders.

Yet the news media continue to premise their stories upon the utterly wrong and discredited idea that former sex offenders are all high reoffense risks. Proving again that most reporters won’t let the facts get in the way of what they think is a good story.