Megan's Law

Definition - What does Megan's Law mean?

Megan's Law is a law that dictates that sex offenders have to register with local police.

The law was created after the sexual assault and murder of a seven-year-old girl, Megan Kanka, from New Jersey by a sex offender who was a neighbor to the Kanka family.

Justipedia explains Megan's Law

The goal of Megan's Law is to make it easier for people to know whether or not their neighbors are sex offenders. Sex offenders have a high rate of repeat offending. So, children who have sex offenders as neighbors can be particularly vulnerable to sexual assault.

Megan's Law makes it possible for both police and ordinary citizens to know whether or not their neighbors are sex offenders. This can help people to take protective measures.

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