- Challenge proposed and existing sexual offense laws that tear apart Maryland families, make our communities less safe, violate Maryland’s constitution, and waste our tax dollars.
- Propose new legislation that gives families the chance to rebuild, saves the state money, and is constitutional.
- Support all persons negatively impacted by sexual offense legislation.
Our Message to Registrants:
You are NOT your crime! You are a human being worthy of respect and love. Given that respect, and motivation to succeed, all registrants can become productive members of society.
- With placement on a public sex offender registry, registrants and their families face (1)
- Significant barriers to employment,
- Harassment by neighbors, vigilantes, even law enforcement,
- Homelessness, because their landlords are also harassed, and
- Constant fear for their own safety and for the safety of their loved ones.
- Registrants face years of hostile attitudes and outright lies about their value as persons – causing significant suffering, self-doubt, anger and fear.
- A registrant’s loved ones suffer that same hostility.
- Persons who commit sexual offenses should be punished and professionally monitored for an appropriate period. However, most are not a public safety risk. The general public gains no advantage by knowing their names and locations.
- Given effective therapy and a stable, supportive environment, most first-time offenders will not re-offend. (2)
- If persons could safely get treatment at the first sign of trouble, many could avoid offending in the first place! (3)
- “Collateral Damage: Family Members of Registered Sex Offenders.” American Journal of Criminal Justice. Levenson and Tewksbury (2009).
- Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from Prison in 1994, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2003.
- Treatment of Adult Sex Offenders. Harrisburg, PA. Prentky, R. & Schwartz, B. (December, 2006).