"No Candy" From MD Sex Offenders This Halloween | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

"No Candy" From MD Sex Offenders This Halloween

Play associated audio
The 2008 Halloween Watch Program sign. This year's sign will not include the pumpkin.
Rebecca Sheir
The 2008 Halloween Watch Program sign. This year's sign will not include the pumpkin.

For the fourth year, more than 1,000 doors in Maryland will be off-limits to trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Last month, the state's Division of Parole and Probation sent a letter to 12-hundred sex offenders restricted from contact with minors.

Patrick McGee is the Division's director. "We ask the offender to turn the lights off, put a "no candy" sign in their window to reduce the threat or the anxiety for Halloween."

McGee says offenders who do not comply could go to court for violating their parole or probation.

Maryland is one of several states with a Halloween Watch Program. The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging Missouri's statute, since it also applies to offenders who already have finished their sentences.The Maryland ACLU declined to comment for this story.

Rebecca Sheir reports...

NPR

MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for "reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal."
NPR

Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.
NPR

House Passes Bill That Authorizes Arming Syrian Rebels

Even though it was backed by both party leaders, the vote split politicians within their own ranks. The final tally on the narrow military measure was 273 to 156.
NPR

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.