Lincoln Journal Star Story Includes Some Facts About Sex Offenders

Highlighting some takeaways from a fairly good Lincoln Journal Star story about Nebraska’s public policy regarding sexual offending: Right now, 1,120 sex offenders are in Nebraska prisons or state institutions and another 450 are supervised under parole and probation programs at a cost of more than $58.5 million. That does not include the cost toContinue reading “Lincoln Journal Star Story Includes Some Facts About Sex Offenders”

Lawsuit: Legislature Circumvented the Judicial Process to Impose More Punishment

When he was convicted, the law did not require the man to be forced onto the public-shaming registry. Then the law changed, and he was swept onto the registry retroactively. Could have been Nebraska. But this example is from Maine, where the state Supreme Court has just ruled that the man’s “John Doe” lawsuit shouldContinue reading “Lawsuit: Legislature Circumvented the Judicial Process to Impose More Punishment”

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 caseContinue reading “Registries and Shaming Websites: Machinery That Transforms Victims Into Registered Citizens”