The Scarlet Pumpkin: Sex Offenders Forced to Post Warning for Halloween

Maryland sex offenders got something in the mail this week: a scarlet letter in the form of a bright orange pumpkin:

That is the symbol on a sign they are required to post on their doors with a warning, in capital letters, to trick-or-treaters: "No candy at this residence." [...]

In addition to posting the sign, the offenders must stay at home, turn off outside lights and not answer the door, according to the letter obtained by The Washington Times.

"Because Halloween is a holiday in which large numbers of children interact with strangers, the concern among parents and other community members about sexual offenders in their neighborhoods is naturally intensified during this time of year," Patrick McGee, interim director of the state's Division of Parole and Probation, wrote in the Oct. 1 letter.

Link - via DCist


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Because Allard, then you would be a murderer and then I would say why don't we just kill all the murderer's et al on the spot? They're a waste of life and deserve the most painful death possible. When you supply a "solution" such as that to this type of situation, then you're only making it worse. Get an education please, and maybe you'll do the world a favor by stop being such a dumbass.
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why don't we just kill all the pedophiles and rapists on the spot? they're a waste of life and deserve the most painful death possible.
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this is just like the DUI license plates. i'm wondering how many other criminals are color coded?

not only do i find this to be an invasion of privacy, but also just another way to keep those who have paid their dues from re-entering society. believe it or not, SOME people who come out of jail just want to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. but it is laws like this that keeps people from living a normal life again, which often causes repeat offenses because of one phrase: "what's the point?" what's the point in trying to live a normal life when the government isn't going to let you forget your crime anyway? the penal system is completely f-cked up on so many levels, and this is just one of them.
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I have to laugh at MSLGWCEO's absolute assertion that there has NEVER been a case of Halloweener sex abuse. I would say it's not easy to accomplish, but not impossible.

And as for recidivism? Well, I know of at least one well-publicized case where a violent sex offender killed a boy after being released from prison.

That's why you accompany your kids. By the time they're old enough to go out on their own, they're probably too old for door-to-door candy anyways.
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