Time to abolish sex offender registry

Thirty people personally attended the recent special Nebraska Judiciary Committee hearing on the public sex offense registry. The message is clear — the registry needs to be abolished, not merely reformed.

Most sex crimes occur at home by someone the victim knows; nearly all arrested have no prior record. A 2013 study by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (and dozens of similar studies) confirms people convicted of sexual offenses have a less than 1% annual recidivism rates; overall sex crime rates or re-offense rates have not been affected at all by the advent of the public registry.

Yet we insist on wasting taxpayer dollars on this ineffective government blacklist that destroys the lives of registrants or others connected in any way to a registrant. Registered persons have suffered ostracism, property damage, harassment, assaults and murder as a direct result of this blacklist; In April 2009, two men taunted and attacked a registered person in Lincoln with a shovel while numerous witnesses (including children) looked on.

The registry has only been proven useful for vigilantes. The registry impacts the economy, too; registrants have extremely high levels of unemployment, so most are welfare dependent.

We’ve proven in the 25 years since President Bill Clinton signed the Omnibus Crime Bill in 1994 that the registry can never be limited to the “worst of the worst.” As a registered citizen and civil rights advocate, I see the registry like the mythical hydra; reforming the registry is akin to cutting off one of the hydra’s heads, and mere “reforms” will fade over time.

Abolishment, not mere “reform,” is the answer.



5 comments for “Time to abolish sex offender registry

  1. Tim
    October 11, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    When leadership in a re:public decided to both install a regime rendering human subservient to a database machine upkeep AND advertising the “facts” on the world wide web that so many evil Americans exist there is no wonder we suffered attack from foreign Nationals. The first attack on the WTC occurred just as Congress was contemplating OMNI 93-94. The efficacy deficiency results primarily from the distorted true intent to impose like regimes upon every one of criminal, like standard punishment.

  2. Leonard Cross
    October 12, 2019 at 4:20 am

    I need Help. I can’t get a job because of the peoples hate crimes against me.

    • October 13, 2019 at 6:58 am

      I don’t have specific job listings at OnceFallen, but the Jobs and Welfare survey I conducted in 2016 will help give you an idea on what jobs registrants typically get.


    • Scott
      October 13, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Me Too!

      I have learned that just because an employer is listed as a Second chance employer it doesn’t mean second chance for any crime or felony conviction. Much has to do with personal vendetta by the interviewer or company policies. I have learned that the food/restaurant industry and some warehouse/manufacturing facilities are the best places to start. Might even try enrolling into a Trade type job like Carpentry, Welding, Trucking or Truck mechanic. Most temp agencies that i have worked with won’t hire an SO unless it’s been 10 years or more and that isn’t guaranteed (depending on the charge). Don’t waste your time with anything to do with retail or anything that has to do with community involvement like meter reading or taxi driving. I would search the internet for organizations who work with second chance employers,church programs and support groups and go from there. (even churches will turn you away so do your online search first to feel the church out.

      From experience, YES, it is a hard road.

      It is hard to keep a positive attitude while searching for employment but you do need to have support in your corner. You get a lot of No’s.

      • Emma Greer
        October 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

        The Sex Offenders registry has destroyed sex offenders and their families. I know. I’m a mother to a registered citizen for 14’years to Present. His Life and Mind are torn apart. Only God cares. This shall end in Jesus name.

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