WAYNE POLICE - MEGAN'S LAW
Megan's Law cases are handled by the Wayne Youth Bureau. This law was passed after a rapist and murderer who took away the little girl's life. This happened in July 1994 in Hamilton township in New Jersey.
The parent's of the little girl did not know that the man who moved to the house across the street from their family was a known child molester with two previous convictions for sexual offences. Had they known this they would have been able to protect their daughter from such an untimely death.
As a result of Megan's death, the longstanding legal requirement prohibiting law enforcement from advising the public of serious and high-risk sex offenders living in a community was brought to national attention. On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed the Federal "Megan's Law" (H.R. 2137) which "required the release of relevant information to protect the public from sexually violent offenders."
Versions of "Megan's Law" were passed in New Jersey and other states. In all 50 states, a paroled sex offender must register his residency with local authorities, and all but five states require some form of notification when a convicted sex offender moves into a neighborhood.
The law takes different forms in different states.
Under Megan's Law, convicted sex offenders in New Jersey are required to register with their local police department. Prosecutors review the original offense, prison record, and determine whether the offender has a job or other community ties to evaluate potential risk.
The requirement of community notification and its scope hinge upon the risk of re-offense, which, in turn, defines the "tier" or category in which the offender is placed.
The three risk categories are:
Equipped with the descriptions and whereabouts of high-risk sex-offenders, communities are better able to protect their children.