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NE: Study – Sex offender registry might not increase public safety

The way Nebraska tracks sex offenders might not be protecting public safety as well as the system lawmakers abandoned in 2009, according to a study commissioned by the state Legislature.

Under the old system, only the names of sex offenders deemed by the Nebraska State Patrol as most likely to re-offend were publicized. Those who had committed minor offenses and were considered at low risk of re-offending — known as Level 1 offenders — were required to register with law enforcement agencies, but their information wasn’t made public. Full Article

Related Article with Full Report: http://www.omaha.com/article/20130812/NEWS/130819754/1685

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  1. td777

    Might not? How about Does Not! My favorite line in the article…”It appears that the Adam Walsh Act was founded more on public emotion than good science, which is its fundamental shortcoming,” That is true for pretty much ALL registration laws…it’s time to change them all!

  2. Bluewall

    If they come up with a national registry of every known citizen in the country and ally nations that allow travel to the United States and force everyone to take a mandatory lie detector test and a barrage of psychological tests and rate them on chances of offending and publishing the whole list online, that might do a better job than this current registry…. O_o

  3. Anonymous

    I moved to Nebraska a few months ago, and i am now classified as a lifetime offender for the simple reason the state i moved from requires lifetime for all registrants.

    My conviction and case type falls into low risk in Nebraska, but the “lifetime” mark in the other state carries over because of AWA.

    I just got my letter yesterday. I WAS a lowest risk, with 4 1/2 years of “treatment” program, and about 14 years since the conviction. Yet, despite this, because of AWA, i am having one hell of a time finding work for the rest of my life.

    If we went back to the old system, i stand the chance of finally letting the past be the past and getting on with my life as a working-class citizen. But under AWA, that’s just not going to happen, and i will continue begging for money from the government because i am unable to find work.

    • Janice Bellucci

      Unfortunately, your experience is not unique. We have to change the laws of this state and this country in order to stop the pendulum of punishment! In order to change the laws, everyone needs to SHOW UP – STAND UP – SPEAK UP. To learn how and be inspired by those who already have, come to the national RSOL conference in L.A. starting Aug. 30. Hope to see you there!

    • Bluewall

      I gave it a thumbs up, and no not a thumbs up for your situation but for the info.. I hoped for better if I move out of this state.. but from that info you posted.. its best to deal with the evil you know and not the evil you don’t know… sigh…

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