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NE: Is registering as a sex offender inconvenient?

OMAHA, Neb. —Local law officials said sex offenders are ducking the system because they want Douglas County to make registering more convenient, but the county said it’s not going to cater to convicts.

Authorities said there are not many wealthy registered sex offenders in Douglas County. In fact, the exact opposite can be said for most. Most convicted criminals are living on fixed incomes and some are without a home; most are unable to buy a car.

When it takes a 13-mile cab ride to register as a sex offender, some choose to break the law and disappear, putting everyone else at risk. Full Article

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  1. David Kennerly

    “Civil regulation, not punishment?”

    I think NOT. The myriad ways in which these “regulatory” laws are punishment must be carefully charted and presented, in toto, in subsequent legal challenges to their legitimacy.

  2. Tired of hiding

    Gee…make impossible for American citizens to get a job…afford to buy a car…and live within a city…then wonder why these citizens complain that it’s difficult to register.

    Big F-ing surprise there – NOT!

    Come on…this is not only clearly additional punishment but actually getting real close to torture!

    • ronie

      It is substantial psychological torture,that can have manifest physical symptoms, i.e. sleeplessness, worry, fear, uncertainty, lowered self esteem, other things that a psychiatrist would need to ID. Therefore the registry is a psychological punishment with physical symptoms….guess it is a punishment after all.

  3. td777

    Having to register in itself is more than just inconvenient.

    Those with jobs have to take time off work, which is time off that can’t always be made up and considering how low wage jobs often are all registrants are able to get, they can’t necessarily afford to lose the income. That’s not inconvenient, that’s a fine.

    Having to give all our information to be put on a public website isn’t just inconvenient, it’s an invasion of privacy.

  4. ab

    Is the question posed for this article mildly offensive, incredibly redundant, missing the point, biased, and written by an ignorant person?

    Don’t mind me just here to observe and take note of the lunacy that surrounds us all.

  5. Anonymous

    The Nebraska State Patrol (who operates the registry) as well as one of the local offices couldn’t tell me what the rules/law was regarding traveling. After several attempts to get that information and being told there was no restriction on travel, i found myself being listed as absconded and being forced never to return. Because i did the right thing and i registered where i traveled to (per instruction of law enforcement), i found myself technically in violation of the law about notification before MOVING. (Essentially, i was coerced by law enforcement to move.)

    Now, people use that information to harm me, my reputation and to try and cause a stir with law enforcement regularly.

  6. Tim

    What saves the public money, putting the registrants in the penitentiary for several tens of thousands to hundrens of dollars per year, depending on how many are violated, or having one of the sheriff’s clerks work out of a room in the down town courthouse for two or three days a week? Difficult question, that.

  7. Tim

    Correction: hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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