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 An excerpt: The sex offender registry is premised under a largely outdated concept of sexual violence.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 […]

Nebraska FEARLESS the subject of newly-published article

Nebraskans Unafraid’s FEARLESS is the subject of a newly-published research paper. The paper, written by Lisa Sample, Brooke Cooley, and Tusty ten Bensel, looks at the creation of FEARLESS and how it helps registered citizens and their families.Here is the abstract from the article.The term sex offender carries expectations that include a continuous level of […]

Dobbs Wire: Registry increases by 3.3% in six months

Bill Dobbs provides the latest report on the number of registered sex offenders in the United States, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) just released its latest map which shows the latest figures for sex offense registries in all states. (NCMEC is a private […]

Scam targets registered citizens

A reminder to registrants about a scam that has impacted registered sex offenders in many states, including Nebraska.The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office warned in January that several people may have fallen victim to the scam, which involves a person calling a registrant, claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office, and telling the registrant that he/she […]

Governor vetoes criminal conviction set-aside bill

Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed a bill (LB350) that would have allowed a person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony with a sentence other than probation or a fine to ask the court to set aside their conviction once they complete their sentence.Sen. John McCollister introduced the bill initially in January 2017, and the legislature passed […]

LB693 would create new offenses, including "unmanned aircraft harassment by a registered sex offender"

It remains to be seen if this bill will get off the ground. The Judiciary Committee heard testimony on LB693, introduced by Bellevue Sen. Carol Blood, which would regulate the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) in the state. Much of the bill’s language prohibits the use of drones to trespass or spy on another person.Any […]

Porn and sex addiction: signs you may have a problem

Another report from Julie Cornell of KETV, Omaha, examines online pornography and sex addiction.Omaha, NE –His private world was exposed in the fall of 2017, when an Omaha man’s wife discovered his infidelity stemming from a life-long struggle with pornography and sex addiction. “Ryan” is middle aged, highly educated, and has children. When his story […]

Bill would expand authority for mental health professionals

The Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week on another bill worth watching. While not focusing exclusively on registered citizens, LB964 does use the fear of the “dangerous sex offender” as a selling point.Mental health professionals would have the same authority as law enforcement to place people in emergency protective custody under a bill heard […]

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scam Targeting Registrants

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a phone scam targeting registered sex offenders.Someone is calling registrants, claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office, and then telling the registrant he/she will be arrested for a violation if the registrant does not immediately send the caller payment in the form of an iTunes or other […]

LB-60 still on Legislature’s radar?

Of the myriad of carry-over bills the Nebraska Legislature will consider over the course of its 2018 session, one horrible bill that could have serious implications for registered citizens and their families is LB-60.LB-60 was introduced in the Judiciary Committee last year by Sen. Brett Lindstrom. The committee held a hearing on the bill but took […]