Nebraskans Unafraid collaborates with Lisa Sample, Ph.D., of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Dr. Sample's research into the experiences of Nebraska registrants is the basis for a book, Living Under Sex Offense Laws: Consequences for Offenders and Their Family Members, to be published in 2018 by Routledge.
Dr. Sample wrote about the book for the Nebraskans Unafraid July Newsletter:
The chapters include discussions on registrants gaining basic needs, creating and maintaining social relationships, spillover effects of the laws on registrants’ families, the effects of the laws on children, and registrants’ thoughts for sensible legal reform. What is different about this book than others of a similar nature is the information you have provided has allowed us not only to identify challenges due to laws, but also how you have overcome these over time. We believe it is this information that other registrants and criminal justice professionals will find most valuable. The stress the laws create for registrants and their families is an important topic, but how you have managed to cope with this stress over time is of equal value and a topic that is severely under-studied.
Dr. Sample's research finds that in general Nebraska's sex-offender laws do not enhance public safety and in some cases the laws make communities more dangerous. The laws are enforced differently from local jurisdiction to local jurisdiction. At the same time, the laws cause social and economic harm to people who are innocent or who have completed their sentences.
Research interviews with registered citizens and their family members are ongoing. To share your experiences, contact Dr. Sample, by phone at 402-554-3127, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.