Group Seeks to Revive Idaho Registry Lawsuit

A group of former sex offenders has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court to revive their lawsuit against the State of Idaho because they say they were denied their constitutional rights when they were forced to register as sex offenders. The group, referred to only as John Does 1 through 134 in the lawsuit, notified […]

Student Newspaper Opinion: Abolish the Registry

An encouraging student voice says, “ABOLISH THE SEX-OFFENDER REGISTRY.” Opinion writer Ben Edwards, writing in the University of Alaska-Anchorage student newspaper, The Northern Light, puts together a cogent argument in favor of abolishing the sex-offender registry. An excerpt: The sex offender registry is premised under a largely outdated concept of sexual violence. When these registries […]

Authorities: Approximately 97% of registrants compliant with state law

As reported in the Omaha World-Herald:The U.S. Marshals Service partnered with several law enforcement agencies Wednesday to check that nearly 100 sex offenders living in Gage and Saline Counties were in compliance with state regulations. The operation led to the seizure of five guns from one offender and pending weapons charges. Three others were found to […]

Nebraska Research to be Highlighted in New Book

Nebraskans Unafraid collaborates with Lisa Sample, Ph.D., of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Dr. Sample’s research into the experiences of Nebraska registrants is the basis for a book, Living Under Sex Offense Laws: Consequences for Offenders and Their Family Members, to be published in 2018 by Routledge.Dr. Sample wrote about […]

You Are Invited to Join a Class-Action Lawsuit Against Sex-Offender Laws

The Women Against the Registry organization is mounting two class-action lawsuits in the 8th U.S. District, which includes Nebraska.Everyone in Nebraska who has been deprived of livelihood, home and family (as I have) should become a part of one of the two lawsuits. I have just filled out the form to join the lawsuit. You should […]

2015 in Review: How the Nebraska Public-Shaming Website Makes the State More Dangerous

On July 27, 2015, we told you about a research study that shows how the Nebraska public-shaming website targeting Registered Citizens makes our communities more dangerous. No one — especially ambitious politicians — pays any attention to this work. But the study is more than 10 years old. Revisit the post here.

Teen Charged With Crime for Having a Picture of Himself on His Phone

A teen-ager is charged with a crime because he has a picture of himself on his phone.“It’s dysfunctional to be charged with possession of your own image,” said Justin Patchin, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin.We agree. Read the story.

Massachusetts High Court Strikes Down Residency Restrictions

The Massachusetts Supreme Court rules against laws restricting where Registered Citizens may live.”The days are long since past when whole communities of persons, such (as) Native Americans and Japanese-Americans may be lawfully banished from our midst,” Justice Geraldine Hines wrote for the court. Read more.

Send This Information to Your State Senator

Read the essay at this link, and then send it to your state senator, as well as to anyone else who needs to have this information.THE U.S. SUPREME COURT’S HUGE MISTAKE DAVID POST IN THE WASHINGTON POST ON THE SO LIEThis work proves that the U.S. Supreme Court used lies to justify our harsh former-sex-offender laws.This […]

NY Times on Our Failed Sex-Offender Policy

The New York Times has a great editorial on the abject failure of current sex-offender policy.Here is the concluding paragraph:Public safety would be better served if resources were directed toward community supervision and other services for those leaving prison, rather than toward skirting the edges of the Constitution to keep them locked away.Read the entire […]