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 […]

Why sex offender registries keep growing even as sexual violence rates fall

The latest map of registered sex offenders in the United States put out in May by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, shows there are now more than 900,000 men, women, and children on sex offender registries.While the number of people on sex offender registries is increasing, Steven Yoder, writing for The Appeal, […]

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 […]

Finding housing in child exclusion zones…there’s an app for that

Do you, or someone you know, need help finding housing compliant with residency restrictions? There is now an app that may help with that, as reported by the Sex Law and Policy Center.A relatively recent Google Play app, CSZfree, seeks to aid registrants in need of housing but bound by residency restrictions. These laws limiting where […]

Could there BE a slower news day?

The headline says, “Check Finds Most Sex Offenders Living At Registered Address”.After conducting a recent “Sex Offender Registry Compliance Check,” the Pottawattamie County [IA] Sheriff’s Office says nearly all of the sex offenders they checked were living at his or her registered address.The disappointment is almost palpable. Perhaps they expected to find all the sex […]

For Some Governors, ‘The Buck Stops Here’; For Ours . . .

Some governors mean it when they say, “The buck stops here.”And some say, “Well, I didn’t know. That’s not my job.”Put Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman in that latter group. He spent much of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, sidestepping responsibility for the state’s hot-mess Department of Corrections.Click here to read the story about […]

What If Corrections Dollars Were Spent Instead on Education?

Since 1986, Nebraska spending on its mess of a corrections system has increased 169 percent.All we’ve got as a result is a rogue system that feels free to disregard State Supreme Court rulings.Michael Mitchell, Policy Analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Fiscal Policy Division, has penned a cogent piece for the […]

You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee

University of Nebraska-Omaha research shows that Nebraska’s 2009 sex-offender law (LB 285) does not protect the public, makes communities more dangerous and has created a class of “social refugees” — registered citizens.Here’s to you, Social Refugees.You don’t have to live like one. Join us.

Nebraska Sex Offender Website Guideline #7

If you find that you have a neighbor listed on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry website, and your neighbor lives with her or his family, or holds a job or otherwise leads a productive life, that person probably is no more dangerous than you yourself are. Under no circumstances should you buy into typical popular […]

Nebraska Sex Offender Website Guideline #5

The Nebraska Legislature’s finding from the 1990s that all sex offenders are dangerous was not based on any scientific, empirical evidence. It was a politically-motivated “made up” finding that was based on popular myth. There is a vast and growing body of evidence that the reverse is actually true – that sex offenders are among […]