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University of Baltimore Law Forum

Abstract

Maryland’s statutory sex offender registration scheme requires certain convicted sex offenders residing in Maryland to register with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (the Department), or to register with another law enforcement or correctional entity for certain lengths of time depending on the offense(s) for which they were convicted. Among them are potentially “thousands of Maryland sex offenders” who have been required to register for offenses committed before the enactment of Maryland’s registration scheme. Retroactive application of sex offender registration schemes like Maryland’s, under the direction of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), has prompted a variety of ex post facto challenges nationwide including challenges on federal and state constitutional grounds.

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