Megan's law


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Megan's law

Public health A popular term for legislation aimed at registration and community notification of the movements of convicted sexual assailants. See child molestation.
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The toddler's mum is calling for a UK version of Megan's Law, which gives parents and schools controlled access to a list of paedophiles in their areas.
Government ministers are currently in the USA looking at Megan's Law which allows the public to search for the location of sex offenders near their homes - which was named after the murder victim of a paedophile.
Only a few states have clearly articulated the disclosure duties under Megan's Law for persons involved in housing transactions, and few, if any, have specific requirements for apartment owners and managers.
Versions of Megan's Law exist in all states and the District of Columbia.
In response, Megan's Law allows for release to the public certain information about registered sex offenders.
Megan's Law is the common term for community notification laws.
While everyone agrees that it's important to protect children and the public at large from sex offenders, the implementation of Megan's Law poses problems for builders and for anyone who sells homes.
Because the relationship is not tenuous, Congress has not violated its powers under the Spending Clause in attaching a condition of state compliance with the amended Megan's Law statute on the state's receipt of federal law enforcement funds.
An example is New York State's Megan's Law, officially known as the Sex Offender Registration Act.
In arguments before New Jersey's Supreme Court, lawyers opposed to Megan's Law criticized the law as stigmatizing and humiliating for offenders.
This was following the creation of similar laws in the US known as Megan's Law.
This is why our sister paper, The Irish Daily Mirror, has campaigned so tirelessly for Megan's Law, which would force the government to let worried parents know where sex offenders are living.