Crittenden and Schneider's Law
At the march last year, we unveiled a proposed law that would create a domestic violence offender registry similar to the existing sex offender registry. Crittenden and Schneider's Law proposes that habitual domestic violence offenders be required to register after they have been convicted of at least two misdemeanor offenses. Ideally, the registry wouldn't be limited to Minnesota, but would one day link to a national database of habitual offenders. As a way to recognize that domestic violence affects more than just the people immediately involved, the proposed law honors fallen officers, Rick Crittenden and Shawn Schneider, who were both killed while responding to domestic disturbance calls.

This kind of database is a preventive measure to alert the public about habitual domestic violence offenders that they might unknowingly be letting into their lives and could be beneficial to anyone from a woman going on a blind date to a police officer responding to a domestic incident. Information can save lives, reduce the number of future victims, and elminate one more door an officer has to knock on.

Scott Allen Youngmark has a long history of violent crimes against women, and his story has many asking why he wasn't stopped. Youngmark's record demonstrates why there is a need for a domestic violence habitual offender database that is outlined in Crittenden and Schneider's Law.

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