Registries and Shaming Websites: Machinery That Transforms Victims Into Registered Citizens

Registries and public-shaming websites like the one we have in Nebraska do no one any good, and they inflict far more damage than our society is willing to admit.We are blinded by the fear whipped up by politicians and others driven by hatred who need to feel better than some group, in this case Registered […]

Pennsylvania High Court Deals Another Blow to Registration Laws

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court throws out lifetime registration for juvenile sexual offenders.In a 5-1 ruling on Monday, December 29, the court said the law is unconstitutional because it does not provide offenders the ability to challenge the assumption that they likely will re-offend.This is a good precedent. Every public-shaming website, including the one in Nebraska, […]

North Carolina Is Into Solutions, Providing Housing for Former Offenders

The most-read post of 2014 on this blog is about University of Nebraska-Omaha research showing that the state’s sex-offender laws and policies deprive people of their homes, jobs and family support systems.Even though former sex offenders have an extremely low rate of reoffense, one of the best ways to increase the likelihood of reoffense is […]

2014 in Review: The Most-Viewed Post of the Year

Eighth in a series reviewing some of the most popular NebraskaFACTS posts of 2014.August 2014This is the #1 best-read post of 2014, which continues to receive dozens of new pageviews every month, yet “reporters” in Nebraska appear unable to see it. UNO Researchers Document Harm Done by Nebraska Sex-Offender Law

Speaker Adams Wants to Avoid Emotion, Ideology and Politics

The Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, Greg Adams, makes perfect sense when he says lawmakers must be objective as they address prison overcrowding.Adams commented on a report from the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, which has spent six months working with state officials on a sensible method to better protect public safety and […]

The Other Collapsing Campus Rape Story

In addition to the one at Rolling Stone magazine, there is another campus rape story that is collapsing under the withering glare of fact-checking.In this one, some experts are wondering if the accused might seek damages. Read about it here.Other useful news and opinion on the Rolling Stone mess:What Would Joseph Pulitzer Think of Rolling […]

9th Circuit Court Rules Against California’s Attempt to Criminalize Internet Use by Registered Citizens

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the State of California’s attempt to criminalize internet use by registered citizens.The ruling issued Tuesday, November 18, 2014, affirms an earlier district court ruling in Doe v. Harris, a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation […]

Patty Wetterling Herself Says Naming and Shaming Will Not Protect Kids From ‘Real Threats’

FACT: What does Patty Wetterling, mother of Jacob Wetterling, have to say about public shaming of registered citizens? I’m worried that we’re focusing so much energy in naming and shaming convicted sex offenders that we’re not doing as much as we should to protect our children from other real threats. — Patty WetterlingThis and other FACTS […]

Dancing for Votes on the Graves of Lost Children

The slimy politicians’ trick of naming a law after a crime victim reached low points with “Jacob’s Law” and the “Adam Walsh Act.”It is horrible for a parent to lose a child, especially in the ways that Patty Wetterling (mother of Jacob) and John Walsh (father of Adam) lost their children.But the memory of those […]