Louisiana lawmakers this year barred convicted sex offenders from wearing masks on Halloween or during the state’s carnival season.
Other states, including New Jersey and Texas, have begun tracking sex offenders at Halloween over the past five years.
Maryland also this year is distributing pamphlets statewide to warn families and trick-or-treaters to stay away from homes with the pumpkin signs.
Maryland sex offenders are tracked by an online database, listed in the state sex-offender registry and ordered to comply with the Halloween program for varying times - from a lifetime for violent and child sex offenses to 10 years for lesser sex crimes.
Tom LoBianco has covered energy and environmental policy, including the climate change bill making its way through Congress. From 2007 to 2008, he covered Maryland politics from the Times’s Annapolis bureau. Tom hold’s a master’s degree in political science from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. He spent two and a ...
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