- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - A class-action lawsuit claims the rights of at least 800 people listed on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry have been violated.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Baltimore City Circuit Court, says the state retroactively increased the length of time certain sex offenders had to remain on the registry.

The Maryland Declaration of Rights prohibits laws that retroactively criminalize an act or impose a more severe penalty than was set when the act was committed.

In 2010, Maryland’s sex offender registration law was amended, changing registration requirements for sex offenders based on what crimes they had committed, The Daily Record of Baltimore reported (https://bit.ly/1IOs5Rw). The suit claims those changes were applied retroactively to hundreds of people.

“This can have the effect of increasing the amount of time on the sex offender registry, adding increased restrictions to those on the registry, and publicizing information which was previously unpublished,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief rather than damages.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, https://www.thedailyrecord.com

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