He Says ‘Kids Come First’ and Public Shaming Registry is Wrong

A talk show host who says, “Kids come first,” says that public registries for former sex offenders are just wrong. If you like the public shaming website in Nebraska, you should listen to this. An example: A registrant who’s done his time, trying to turn his life around and who is arrested for going to church. Don’t we want registrants in church? LISTEN and read the comments:

Will Nebraska Engage Real Reasons for Prison Overcrowding?

The prison overcrowding topic is current in Nebraska, where the core issues might or might not be addressed.

Voters should be aware of, and be prepared to question politicians about, the true reasons for prison overcrowding. As suggested in an earlier post, one reason is that there is money to be made from the prison population: Your tax dollars pay for the upkeep of the forced labor, new laws (like Nebraska’s LB 285 of 2009) expand the forced labor pool, and salaries and benefits are just not a problem for those who profit from the corrections industry.

Here’s an excerpt from a recently published article on this issue:

The “private” prison industry is private in the same sense that crony capitalism is capitalist. Namely, not at all. It is the antithesis of a truly private industry that competes in the free market, does not accept tax funds, and cannot compel labor. By contrast, the “private” prisons enjoy a monopoly over a service that is created by laws and sentencing policies. They receive tax money and preferential treatment. They exploit captive labor through circumstances similar to plantation slavery.

Read the entire article by clicking here.

January 2014 Newsletter Going to Press

The January 2014 issue of Ninety-Five%, the newsletter for friends of Nebraskans Unafraid/FACTS, is going to press and will be in the mail soon.

This issue includes a moving account of community support offered to the wives of former sex offenders. All families who have experienced the pain of Nebraska’s state-imposed shunning will be heartened by this straight-from-the-heart account.

A second story in the newsletter looks at how the widespread lie about former sex offender reoffense rates — which has been codified into Nebraska state law — needlessly creates homelessness, shatters families and makes our communities more dangerous.

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