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 […]

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.

Want to Protect Children? Then Abolish Residency Restrictions

The recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling striking down residency restrictions should be required reading for anyone who claims to want to protect children.The high court accepted evidence that shows that residency restrictions DO NOT protect children and that children in fact ARE NOT AT RISK from Registered Citizens. Click here for a good summary […]

Share This With People Who Are Frightened by Former Sex Offenders

The 5.3 percent number comes from a U.S. Department of Justice study. Individual state studies have found lower reoffense rates. In Nebraska, for instance, the University of Nebraska-Omaha found a year-to-year reoffense rate of less than 1 percent.

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 […]

Law Professor: High Court Rulings Premised on a Study That Does Not Exist

All of our sex-offender laws are premised on a statistic that is wrong.Professor Ira Ellman at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, writes:Proponents of criminal justice reform never talk about sex offenders. They’re political untouchables subject to lifelong restrictions that continue long past their confinement, restrictions justified as necessary to protect […]

Registries Guarantee That Children Will Continue to Be Harmed

All of the laws restricting the activities of former sex offenders are nothing more than distractions that guarantee continued victimization of children.Focusing on Registered Citizens means that we are not focusing on the true threat to children: People in their own homes and people who have authority over them.The blog With Justice for All recently […]

First They Scare You, Then They Take Your Money

The sex-offender industry works like this: They scare you and then take your money by pretending to protect you.Slimy politicians enact laws that guarantee former offenders will somehow run afoul of the myriad complicated rules and regs put in place under the guise of protecting the public. This supplies our overcrowded prisons with an unending […]

State Patrol Overspends Overtime Budget

The Nebraska State Patrol is $400,000 over budget on overtime, and it doesn’t want to say why.How much of the overage, do you suppose, is accounted for by the useless make-work created by LB 285 of 2009, the Nebraska version of the discredited Adam Walsh Act?Read about the budget overrun here, and remember that these […]