Maryland is an incredible place to live, but, like many states, violent crime is a major problem. We must take action to protect our communities and shed light on the problems and people who are making our neighborhoods less safe. In 1995, Maryland created a sexual offender registry, and this year Maryland should create a violent offender registry. That is why we are introducing the Murder and Repeat Violent Offender Registry Act of 2019, which will require Maryland residents convicted of murder or repeatedly convicted of violent crimes such as armed robbery and kidnapping to register with the state and be subject to a searchable public registry, modeled after Maryland’s Sex Offender Registry. Many states including Illinois and Ohio have expanded their public criminal registries, and Maryland should as well.