Sex Offenders' Homes to Be Marked With Pumpkin Symbol

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Sex Offenders’ Homes to Be Marked With Pumpkin Symbol

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ANNAPOLIS — Sex offenders in Maryland have begun receiving paper signs in the mail that read “No candy at this residence,” which they must post on their front doors or possibly face a parole violation.

The signs began arriving last week in the mailboxes of the about 1,200 violent and child-sex offenders across Maryland. The signs were accompanied by a letter explaining they must stay at home, turn off outside lights and not answer the door on Halloween.

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I have no problem with sex offenders having to put some sort of symbol on their door/window but I think the pumpkin will attract younger kids who can’t read and if the house is back from the street by the time kids get close enough to read it they may already be in danger. Maybe a pumpkin in a circle with a slash through it would be better.

I hope they also have the option of just not being home halloween night instead of putting up the sign. I also wish the sexual offenders list would differentiate between dangerous offenders like pedophiles and rapists, from people who did something like indecent exposure. I recently read about a teenage girl who posted a video of herself making out with her boyfriend, and ended up on the sexual offenders list. It’s a very serious black mark to have, and should be used for the very serious offenders.

Agreed. Although I think the article said that the signs would be given to offenders convicted of violent crimes and crimes against children. If they were mandating these for everyone on the list, then you’re absolutely right, that would be unreasonable and unfair.

I am very much against putting “bulls eyes” on peoples homes and “hinting” it’s ok to commit violence against any group of people. Whether we like it or not…that is exactly what these signs will do…

Going to a bar or other location where there would only be adults might be an option. Mandating the use of the “No Candy Here” pumpkin is like making them put up a “I’m a Molester” sign.

Mandating that sex offenders NOT be home, at locations where they can be monitored by police/parole officers would seem a better bet.

I also wish the sexual offenders list would differentiate between dangerous offenders like pedophiles and rapists, from people who did something like indecent exposure. I recently read about a teenage girl who posted a video of herself making out with her boyfriend, and ended up on the sexual offenders list. It’s a very serious black mark to have, and should be used for the very serious offenders.

I assume you’re referring to this story:

NEWARK [OH] – A 15-year-old girl is accused of distributing nude photos of herself to other minors, and one state legislator is questioning whether she should be labeled a sex offender.

After spending the weekend incarcerated, she pleaded deny Monday to both charges: illegal use of a minor [herself] in nudity-oriented material, a second-degree felony; and possession of criminal tools [the cell phone/camera], a fifth-degree felony.

The child pornography charge for a convicted adult requires a Tier II sexual offender classification, but for a juvenile of this defendant’s age, the judge has flexibility, said Jennifer Brindisi, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Obviously this girl has some serious problems but legally she would have been fine if she had done a striptease for other minors or had sex with them.

Make these signs available to anyone that does not give candy out. Then there is no discrimination. Although I must say I don’t think it is wrong for the public to know when a child sexual predator lives on the street.

This is a bad idea for many reasons. First, not all convicted sex offenders are pedophiles nor are all pedophiles known. Second, this kind of “scarlet letter” invites violence against the homes labeled as belonging to a sexual offender. Third, it is the responsibility of parents to look after their kids safety while trick or treating.

It’s kind of mean… makes them look untrustworthy. But it’s Halloween, when children roam the streets, so, I guess whatever makes parents *feel *safer. :rolleyes:

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i voted no only because i think it is too cutesy. they should have a BIG sign that straight out says what they did. childrens saftey trumps a sex offenders feelings everytime especially since this group has the highest recividesm rate among criminals. i doubt any of these criminals was forced to commit their crime so they can just suck it up and deal with the consequences.

See… where I spent my little kid years (haha), the houses that didn’t give out candy weren’t allowed to turn their porch lights on. I guess this would be hard to track, but why not give the sex offenders an option? Why not just turn your porch lights off? If, for some reason, you can’t do that, then the sign would go up. It takes away the “scarlet letter” stigma, because it wouldn’t be just sex offenders with their porch lights off Halloween night.

rick i see a flaw in your post, at least in some places. where i grew up it was the houses with no lights on that were egged and wrapped by the trouble makers. so in a sense it could still be drawing kids in.

No matter what we never have kids on Halloween. We only have seven houses on a two mile road. Each of those houses have driveways that are 300 feet or longer. Hence no kids. They get their parents to take them to the high density housing five miles away. :smiley:

Our kids go to friends or to the ALL SAINTS PARTY at church.

I think that it isn’t right that only sex offenders are labeled in our society. Wouldn’t you want to know if the guy next to you in McDonald’s was convicted of rape, armed robbery or even murder? How about people convicted of white collar crime? Why just label sex offenders when there are many criminal types of whom we should all be aware?

Agreed I remeber taking Criminal Justice and learning just how easy it is to be labeled a sex offender. Scary stuff… Most people refuse to clean up the laws because “If they wait till marriage you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

Agreed!

Ah, I see… well, that happens to pretty much anyone nowadays, at least in my hometown. We must be a generation apart.

well i wouldnt know. the past few years halloween has been the night before opening day of hunting season so i havent been around for it in awhile. it wasnt that long ago though that i was a kid.

They should not be forced to be outed like this. Especially since sex offender laws could encompass a 18 year old with a 17 yr old which imo is much different than an adult in the 30s, 40s with a child.

These people paid their crime with time served. I am more for them just being told to keep their lights off and not answer the door. This pumpkin placard stuff is stupid and possibly dangerous to the person who puts it on thier door. I hope those who were told to do this refuse.

dont most sex offenders have to register with the police when they move? so the police could make sure to checkup on them extra, they’re out and about anyways. and since that is public information parents should be checking in general to know if there is a danger in the neighborhood, but especially on a night when kids go to others doors.

I think it’s horrible the way people on the sex-offenders list are treated. I know somebody who urinated in public a long time ago, and he is a registered sex offender.

Also, I’m not quite sure why sex offenders can’t give out candy. I would hope that the parents would teach their kids well enough to know not to go into some guy’s house.

It’s pretty simple to trick-or-treat at a sex offender’s house:

Kids: Trick-or-treat!
Man: I like your costumes! (puts candy in bags)
Kids: Thank You! (Man closes door)

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