Under no circumstances should you buy into typical popular news media stories about sex offenders.News media and law enforcement work together to scare you.The tactic backfired in 2010 in Lincoln, Neb., when law enforcement invited news media to tag along while they went around to bust sex offenders.
The Nebraska Sex Offender Registry website includes many people who were evaluated and deemed to be of low risk to reoffend, and thus were not on the website prior to Jan. Some of those people are now on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry website for life even though their offenses were committed years ago and they long ago completed their sentences.
The Nebraska Sex Offender Registry website includes some people who have been evaluated and deemed to be at high risk to reoffend, but you cannot tell who those people are.
Under Nebraska law, some of them are on the registry for only 10 years because Nebraska no longer pays any attention to risk of reoffense.
The Nebraska Sex Offender Registry website prior to Jan.
1, 2010, included only individuals who were at high risk to reoffend. 1, 2010, the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry website has included people who are not dangerous as well as people who are innocent of what they were accused of doing.
These are individuals who accepted plea agreements rather than deal with our society’s “guilty until proven innocent” attitude toward sexual offenses.
By listing them on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry website, the state violated their plea agreements and legal action is being pursued to hold the state accountable.
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 the least likely to reoffend.
The Legislative Finding is made up in the same way that the oft-repeated “50,000 online predators” number was made up.