Megan's law

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Megan's law,

in the United States, a state or federal statute that requires the notification of public organizations and private citizens when a convicted sex offender has been released from prison and is present in their community. Aimed primarily at stopping the abuse of children by pedophiles, the first of these laws was passed in New Jersey a year after the 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka by a convicted child molester who, unknown to her family, lived across the street from them. The federal Megan's law dates from 1996, and most states have passed some version of the statute. The actual effectiveness of such laws is unclear, and they have raised concerns over whether they encourage vigilantism.
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This note will provide the legal context for International Megan's Law in three regards: sex offender laws, sex trafficking and tourism laws, and passport laws.
According to the ( New York Times , the International Megan's Law is named after Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl from New Jersey who was raped and murdered in 1994 by her neighbor.
Her seven-year-old daughter was raped and murdered by a neighbour, a repeated sex offender, and her death FOR IRELAND led to the establishment of Megan's Law in the States.
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A home Office minister was today meeting the parents of the girl whose murder led to the controversial Megan's Law in the United States.
NAA recently updated information on Megan's Law in the 50 states.
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