Senate Bill 186 (Crime Victim's Bill)
was enacted in 1994 and established the rights of Crime Victims:
The Crimes Against Children Act of 1997 (also known as Megan's Law) established a sex offender's registration.
House Bill 335 (Domestic Violence Bill) was also enacted in 1994 and established the policy of preferred arrest for domestic violence offenders and placed the burden on law enforcement agencies and the courts to resolve domestic violence situations. Domestic Violence Victims are entitled to receive a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) to keep the aggressor away until the case is resolved in court.
Carroll County has
a policy of preferred arrest in domestic violence cases. The Carroll
County Prosecutor's Office has provided training to law enforcement personnel
in handling domestic violence situations. The courts and the Victims
Assistance Program actively seek resolutions to violence in the home
through intervention and therapy for the entire family.