SEXUAL OFFENDER ADVISORY BOARD

Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms:
J. Joseph Curran, Jr., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2017
Katherine Moxley Smeltzer, Esq., 2014; Catherine L. Meyers, 2016; Arleathia West, 2016; Annette L. Hanson, M.D., 2017; James T. Fleming, 2020; two vacancies.

Representing Dept. of Public Safety & Correctional Services: Joseph F. Clocker

Ex officio: Michael S. Ito, Psy.D., designee of Secretary of Juvenile Services; Richard J. Ortega, Ph.D., designee of Secretary of Health; Stephen T. Moyer, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Gary L. Bachtell, designee of Secretary of State Police; V. Glenn Fueston, Jr., Executive Director, Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention; David R. Blumberg, Chair, Maryland Parole Commission; Barbara J. Bazron, Ph.D., Executive Director, Behavioral Health Administration; Carole J. Shelton, Director, Criminal Justice Information System Central Repository.

Staff: Rishawn M. White

c/o Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services
Building G, 1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208
(410) 585-3660
e-mail: rishawn.white@maryland.gov


Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 31 (Chapter 4, Acts of 2006 Special Session; Code Public Safety Article, sec. 1-401(h)).

Report to General Assembly on recommendations to protect residents & employees of nursing homes & assisted living facilities from sexual offenders due Dec. 1, 2011 (Chapter 608, Acts of 2010).


The Sexual Offender Advisory Board was established within the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in June 2006 and restructured as a unit seperate from the Department in June 2010 (Chapter 4, Acts of 2006 Special Session; Chapter 179, Acts of 2010).

The Board reviews Maryland's laws and those of other states and jurisdictions that concern sexual offenders, as well as the practices and procedures for supervising and monitoring sexual offenders which currently are used by the Maryland Parole Commission and the Division of Parole and Probation. The Board also evaluates technology that tracks offenders; reviews developments in assessing and treating sexual offenders; formulates standards for such treatment based on current and evolving best practices; and certifies treatment programs that comply with the standards.

With the Division of Parole and Probation, the Board develops criteria to measure an individual's risk for re-offending. Also, the Board considers how to increase interstate cooperation in registering and monitoring sexual offenders. Finally, the Board makes recommendations for training sexual offender management teams within the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Of the Board's seventeen members, the Governor appoints eight to four-year terms. Nine serve ex officio (Code Public Safety Article, sec. 1-401).

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