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MD: Court ruling upends Maryland’s sex offender registry

___ is among 1,155 sex offenders who have been removed from the registry since February.  … Most have been stripped out because of a decision by Maryland’s highest court. That ruling handed a victory to advocates who said the registries were unfairly punitive, but has troubled legislators and upset victims. Full Article

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In my opinion, allowing victims to decide how long an offender is punished is in contradiction to our history of impatial (supposedly) judges and juries deciding the fate of someone breaking the law. But if these registry advocates believe that’s the way it should be, why don’t they create laws that take off the registry the people who have had no victims, and the people who have made amends with their victims, and the victims wish not to be the excuse for further suffering? Then law enforcement can focus on the people they are supposedly concerned about? Reason is because… Read more »

We need to take our power back one step at a time. Engage, engage, engage. Write comments in response to articles, go to your local city council meetings, talk with your local congressman or woman, challenge you clergy to stand up for what they preach. Join groups for change like Toast Masters and your local Camber of Commerce. Write them about your concerns. In today’s email world a letter in the mail can make a difference and/or send an email. Consider your own gifts and abilities to make a difference. Contact your local RSOL and get involved…heck hit the donate… Read more »

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