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LEONARDTOWN, Md. – As Senate Bill 842 appeared at the Judicial Proceedings Committee a few weeks ago, St. Mary’s residents and outside organizations continue urging lawmakers to create stricter laws against violent offenders.

“We at Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center are concerned about this bill and our Executive Director, Kurt Wolfgang, provided both written and oral testimony. We are asking our partners, other [advocacy] groups, and our community to reach out to legislators to oppose this bill,” the organization said in a newsletter.

SB 842, which is also known as the Maryland Second Look Act, gives criminals a second chance to have their sentencing reconsidered.

“All I’m asking people who are incarcerated be given a second chance, look at their record, if they didn’t create any problems in the system, they should be given a second opportunity,” Senator Joanne Benson who is the bill sponsor said.

To prevent these offenders from striking again, Benson says they plan to give criminals the proper tools to avoid falling back into their old ways.

“We want to be sure that we have the resources and mechanisms in place that will ensure they are successful once they’re given the second chance,” Senator Benson said.

However, St. Mary’s County residents are not buying it. Many mothers are struggling to cope with the loss of their children, and they do not want to see the faces of the people who murdered their children again, St. Mary’s county resident Daniello Lacey said. 

“They need stricter laws. They need to stop slapping them on the wrists,” Lacey said. “I want them gone forever. We don’t want to see their faces.

Contrasting the bill, a St. Mary’s family started a petition to enforce stricter laws on violent offenders, which has made it to over 1,000 signatures. 

“We want justice for Joseph, but also the other victims and their families who have suffered loss due to violent crimes,” Angela Potter said in a statement on the petition.

SB842 has yet to leave the committee and will likely not pass during the 2022 Legislative Session but could return after this election year. 

To find out more or sign the petition, click here.

Also, registration has opened for National Crime Victims’ week from April 24- 30. To learn more or register for this event, click here.

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10 Comments

  1. “We at Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center are concerned about this bill. We are asking our partners, other [advocacy] groups, and our community to reach out to legislators to oppose this bill…”
    This is the kind of evil that we’ve been warned about in the Bible. Evil treated as good, justice not given to criminals and truth being covered up so evil can win.
    And we all know that the left only wants this to fail so their own voters can keep voting, because we all know which party commits most of the crimes in America…

  2. “Benson says they plan to ‘GIVE’ criminals the proper tools”
    What does she (or is ‘it’ the proper pronoun?) want to give them, guns and fentanyl?
    God knows a Demo-rat wouldn’t expect those thugs to try to EARN some respect.

  3. Question CCWAN are you for or against the criminal? If the worded the Bill differently so that it at the career criminals and violent offenders weren’t given a second chance, then I don’t believe as many would be opposed to the bill. A large number of career criminals and violent offenders have records the date back to as early of an age as 7 years old. So if they’ve been in and out of the system for several years, then commit a violent crime why should they be given another second chance when they’ve already had several second chances.

    1. Daniello, I agree with your comment. Most of today’s criminals do repeat when they’re released and too many of them are released within hours…
      “To prevent these offenders from striking again, Benson says they plan to give criminals the proper tools to avoid falling back into their old ways.”
      This crap of giving them the “proper tools” is total BS!!! OBVIOUSLY, they don’t have the most important proper tool and that’s a conscience! I’m all for giving many of them a chance, but not for heinous crimes like rape, stabbing or murder.
      These clowns at the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center sound like the ACLU to me and that’s not good.

  4. CCWAN no it’s not Maryland Crime Victim’s who is saying give them the proper tools. Maryland Crime Victims is the Organization that has stood by me and my family when my son was murder. This article is poorly written. The senator who is for this Bell is the one who said to give them the proper tools. The whole reason I asked for this article to be written is because of the fact that those responsible for my son‘s death, and Joseph Oaks death are career criminals. Maryland Crime Victims Organization is not in favor of this bill at all. This goes against every thing they stand for. They were with me and my family for the trial as well as 1 parole hearing and will be there with me for an upcoming post conviction here supposed to take place this month. I have email the Publisher and also left a message because this was not obviously written so that people understand what I was trying to get across when I asked them to write this in the first place.

  5. They did the crime and did the time. If they proved themselves worthy they should be released. A lot of these inmates have been in there since they were kids. Give them a chance.

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