Furloughs hinder state sex offender unit

February 11, 2010

On January 25, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced new proposals to get tough on sex offenders.

It is ironic that this announcement came days after Governor O'Malley submitted the fiscal year 2011 budget. Under his proposal, this would be the third straight budget in which he furloughs every agent of the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation Sex Offender Unit.

Taking sex offender agents off the streets works to the advantage of those preying on our children. Furloughing the agents who work to protect children from pedophiles is a terrible mistake.

I encourage all Marylanders to contact Governor O'Malley and request that he fully fund the Parole and Probation Sex Offender Unit.

Rai Douglas, Glen Burnie

The writer is president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local No. 3661.

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