Prayers for Jon Bruning and His Family

There is news today that Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has colon cancer.

Many if not all in our community blame Bruning for the laws that have destroyed the lives we were trying to rebuild. They cannot be blamed for their anger and their bitterness.

News that a beloved family member has cancer is a painful shock — likely it is just as painful as news that a beloved family member has been charged with a sex crime, or any crime.

In neither instance is glee or vengeance an appropriate response.

Jon Bruning, former offenders, and the people who love them need and deserve compassion, especially when tragedy strikes.

Nebraskans Unafraid and FACTS are sorry that Jon Bruning and his family must suffer all that cancer patients and their families must suffer. We pray for Jon Bruning’s recovery and that his family members will be comforted in their pain.

11 Questions the Douglas County Sheriff Has Not Answered

From Eddie Sidgeweck:

Registrants in Douglas County recently received a post card from the sheriff’s office (reproduced here) whose stated purpose is to verify that the information provided when registrants go to the sheriff’s office for “verification” is correct.
The post card raises some questions for the sheriff. They are enumerated below. Don’t just scan these questions — please read each one and think carefully about why it is so important to you that we get answers:
1. In view of the research that shows that most of the people on the Nebraska State Patrol Sex-Offender Registry website are not dangerous, why this extra-legal level of  “verification”?
2. Why are you wasting time and resources on this? 
3. Are you as hyper-vigilant regarding drunken drivers or oversight of the widely documented questionable operations of your own crime lab?
4. Is the post card retaliation for pushback you are getting from registrants you are mistreating?
5. Will this post card somehow give you some ginned-up “reoffense” numbers? (Research shows that registrants for the most part do not commit new sexual offenses. 6. So is the County using a complicated net of home invasions and “verifications” in hopes of building up the numbers of registrant offenses? Any “reoffense” numbers from Douglas County should themselves be verified before they can be trusted).
7. Because Douglas County refuses to provide registrants with documentation that they have complied with the verification visits required by law, why the extra expense of this post card? 

8. If you can send out thousands of post cards, how is providing documentation of a legal verification visit to your office such an impossibly complicated task?
The list goes on and on. We put some of them in a letter to the sheriff. An excerpt from the letter we sent on October 31, 2013:

This mailing states, in part, that because the recipient is on the Sex Offender Registry, they are, “subject to random in person compliance checks to assure the information you have provided is accurate and up to date.” In light of this, we would like to ask the following:

9.       Can you provide any legal justification for these checks? Are they provided for in Nebraskalaw? If so, please cite the statute. There seems to be a presumption of guilt that requires the attention of law enforcement resources for these checks. After all, if RSOs were presumed to be in compliance there would be no reason to “verify” that their information is accurate.

10.      Does Nebraskalaw require RSOs to comply with these random verification visits? Are they legally required to answer the door or interact with the deputy? If so, please cite the statute.

11.      For the purpose of reporting recidivism rates of RSOs, does your office include technical reporting violations as cases of recidivism even though they are not sexual in nature?

This mailing has created a great deal of distress and confusion among many Douglas Countyresidents who are striving to comply conscientiously and thoroughly with a law that is burdensome, and often unclear and convoluted.  Your timely response is appreciated.

As of today, we have not heard anything from the sheriff in response.

Nebraska ‘Social Refugee’ Research Makes News in Arkansas

The ground-breaking University of Nebraska-Omaha research demonstrating the widespread harm caused by the Nebraska State Patrol sex offender website is making news in Arkansas.

Station KARK in Little Rock interviewed one of the researchers, Tusty ten Bensel of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, as well as other experts on the issue. Click here to see the story.

In Nebraska, news about the research is being covered exclusively by Nebraskans Unafraid. Preliminary findings show that Nebraska’s LB 285 of 2009 causes unemployment and homelessness, hurts people who never violated a law, and has created a class of “social refugees” who have become adept at surviving state-sanctioned hatred.

The ongoing research is the largest qualitative study of its kind.