MEGANS LAW

 

Megan law was named after Megan Kanka who lived in New Jersey.  Megan Kanka was seriously sexually assaulted then murdered in the year 1994 by a neighbor who was unknown to the family. The Megan Law requires the convicted sex offenders to register with the local police. The sex offenders are also required to let know the law enforcement when they move to a new place. The laws are both the State and Federal statutes.  The statutes have a notification process where it provides information of sex offenders to the law enforcement and also to the public. The type of notification depends on the evaluation of risk to the community.  Through the brutal killing of Megan Kanka, there was the provision of an impetus for laws in the registration of sex offenders.  Congress passed Jacob Wetterling crimes against the Children Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act in 1994.  The Jacob Wetterling got a boost from President Bill Clinton in 1996 when he signed the amendment to Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.  This amendment is known as the Megan Law.  The law requires all the state legislature to adopt the law. The Federal Megan Law’s precursor conditioned the law enforcement to fund the adoption of registration of sex offenders.  In around 1996 every State and Federal in Columbia had enacted some valuation of the Megan’s Law.  However, under the Federal Megan’s Law statute, the States have to set up clear criteria for the disclosure, though they are required first to make private and information of the registered sex offenders.  The opponents of Megan Law argue that the Megan Law encourages the act of vigilantism.  In addition, opponents argue that the Megan Law does not give the sex offenders who have already paid their dues any chance to merge to the society.

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