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

FEARLESS x2 in June

  • Second-Saturday downtown Omaha FEARLESS resumes in-person meeting on June 12.
  • We’ll talk about legislative strategy.
  • Third-Monday FEARLESS meets in person on July 19.

June 2021 marks the partial return of in-person meetings of FEARLESS, the community for people who are forced to register and their adult family and friends.

The downtown Omaha FEARLESS group will meet at 9 a.m. Central time on Saturday, June 12, at Omaha’s Holy Family Church, 1715 Izard Street. Enter the fellowship hall entry to the south of the main church entrance off 18th Street. Park on the street and lock your car.

We will use this first Downtown Omaha meeting of FEARLESS in more than a year to get reacquainted and to discuss our 2021 legislative strategy.

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

For the Third-Monday FEARLESS, we plan to resume in-person meetings when the group meets on July 19 at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 13232 Blondo Street, Omaha.

Zoom will not go away. We plan to continue a nationwide Zoom meeting of FEARLESS so that the friends from other states who have joined during the year of the pandemic can remain in touch with us and we with them. More information on that meeting will be posted here when the plan is firmed up.

Connect with your community by attending one or all of these meetings.