Nebraska State Statute 29-4002 declares that sex offenders present a high risk to commit repeat offenses and that efforts of law enforcement agencies to protect their communities, conduct investigations, and quickly apprehend sex offenders are impaired by the lack of available information about individuals who have pleaded guilty to or have been found guilty of sex offenses and who live in their jurisdiction. Because of that, the legislature determined that state policy should assist efforts of local law enforcement agencies to protect their communities by requiring sex offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies as provided by the Sex Offender Registration Act.

This information is to be used to provide public notice and information about a registrant so a community can develop constructive plans to prepare themselves and their family. Sex Offenders have "always" been in our communities. The notification process will remove their ability to act secretly.

Sex offender registry information shall not be used to retaliate against the registrants, their families, or their employers in any way. Vandalism, verbal or written threats of harm are illegal and will result in arrest and prosecution.

New Sex Offender Registration Law effective Jan 1, 2010

May 29, 2009, the Nebraska legislature passed LB285 which amended the Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act in an attempt to become compliant with the Adam Walsh Act.

New Registration Duration
Under the old law, offenders had to register for 10 years or life. The registration duration period will change to 15 years, 25 years or life as follows under the new law effective January 1, 2010 and those changes will apply to all sex offenders currently registered and those who were previously registered:

New Verification Process
The verification schedule will be determined by the registration duration time. Letters will be mailed to each registered offender (or prior registered offender) to advise of their verification schedule.

New Community Notification Process
The new law will post ALL REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS. The classification or "risk levels" will no longer be used and all registered sex offenders will be categorized by registration duration.

New Penalties
All violations will be a Felony IV, unless the offender has a prior Felony IV violation conviction then the subsequent violation will be a Felony III.

New Forms
One registration form will be used for registration, changes and verifications. All registrations, changes and verifications must be completed on this form by the offender in person at the sheriff’s office. The forms will be disseminated to all registering agencies before the end of the year.

All registration forms, including all the Notification of Registration Responsibilities Under Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act forms, have been updated and will be posted on the SOR Private/law enforcement web site.

For more information on LB285 you may visit the Nebraska Legislature web site http://nebraskalegislature.gov.