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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(2) The federal government then passed federal Megan's Law in 1996.
Real estate professionals should become familiar with state privacy law requirements possibly protecting sex offenders and their families from disclosures under Megan's Law.
Furthermore, the fact that an offender seeks to prove "that he is not currently dangerous is of no consequence under Connecticut Megan's Law," Justice Rehnquist wrote.
Those rulings mark the high court's first on Megan's Laws, which are designed to ensure public access to certain information about the backgrounds of convicted sex offenders.
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.
Roger Roy, who sponsored the bill, said the law is designed to complement Delaware's so-called Megan's Law, which requires convicted sex offenders to register with local law enforcement and child welfare agencies so neighbors can be notified of offenders living nearby.
Q What's the potential liability brought only the new "Megan's Law"?
This section will then look at some of the state laws and the amended federal version of Megan's Law. Part II looks at the constitutional challenges to state versions of Megan's Law.
The religion writer of a triweekly newspaper in Northern California was fired, four days after a front-page story in his own newspaper reported that he was listed as a "high-risk" sex offender on a newly released Megan's Law public disclosure CD-ROM.
The author of this Article was the principal sponsor of New York's Megan's Law (Megan's Law or Act)(8) in his House of the Legislature, and in drafting the statute gave careful consideration to the issues in question.(9) In fact, legislators have won passage for their community notification statutes not because they were unaware of or careless about the arguments that have persuaded the critics, but because those critics remain unaware or careless in the midst of the sound arguments that trump their own.
The so-called "Megan's Law" is named after a seven-year-old New Jersey girl murdered by a neighbour whose record of sex offences was unknown to her parents.