Those who were convicted before October 1995 must be removed. Thousands of sex offenders will be wiped from the Maryland’s online registry that is searchable. If they were convicted before the database was started in 1995 and those that only were to be on the registry for a few years register for life will be gone. The court believed that this violated Maryland’s constitution; “punishing people again for the same crime.” People will not know whether a sex offender is living next to them.
The sex offenders who sued argued that being registered was a violation of their rights. There are now 8,000 names on the registry and this could affect 2,000 of them who are registered. They are pushing for a solution in which they could make the registry only accessible to law enforcement.
As of now, the state has not decided when they will start removing the names off the registry.