October 21, 2007

LAST WEEK'S ISSUE: -- Eugene Waller, a twice-convicted sex offender, was charged earlier this month with repeatedly raping a woman at a Linthicum light rail station. The 49-year-old man had been arrested twice for violating a state law requiring sex offenders to register their addresses every six months and when they move. With the responsibility for monitoring Waller's whereabouts unclear, law enforcement agencies weren't keeping tabs on him.

How should the state track transient offenders whose addresses frequently change?

Violators forfeit right to respect

Extreme situations call for extreme measures. These violent offenders have forfeited their right to dignity and respect since they showed neither to their victims.

Once an offender is convicted and the conviction has withstood the appeal process and is sustained, the offender should have a microchip surgically implanted in his body which, like a GPS system, will transmit his location to a receptor 24/7.

Animals in the wild are tracked in this manner, I see no reason why urban animals should be treated any differently.

Robert F. Savio Glen Burnie

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