Megan's law


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Meg·an's law

 (mĕg′ənz)
n.
Any of numerous state and federal laws requiring information about registered sex offenders to be publicly available in order to enhance public safety.

[After Megan Kanka (1986-1993), whose rape and murder by a convicted sex offender led to the passage of such laws.]

Meg′an's Law′

(ˈmeɪ gənz)
n.
any of various laws aimed at people convicted of sex-related crimes, requiring community notification of the release of offenders, establishment of a registry of offenders, etc.
[1990–95; after Megan Kanka, young girl killed by an ex-convict]
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Three years ago this newspaper launched a campaign for an Irish version of the US Megan's Law to be introduced here.
The Irish Mirror has been campaigning for years to get legislation similar to Megan's Law in the US and Sarah's Law in the UK.
Megan's Law allows law enforcement authorities to share information about those convicted of sex crimes with the general public.
Campaigners have battled for 'Sarah's Law', a public register of sex offenders similar to Megan's Law, which gives US citizens the right to know the name and address of any nearby paedophile, following the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne in 2000 by convicted sex offender Roy Whiting.
According to the Megan's Law Web site, a list of people required to register in California as sex offenders, Alba was convicted of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15.
He agreed with probation officers and support groups who have warned that Megan's Law had not proved effective, and may have driven some offenders underground.
Unlike Megan's Law in the US, communities will not have free access to information about paedophiles.
We never asked for Megan's Law - only for access to information about predatory paedophiles in our areas.
Labour MP Dan Norris said his constituency in Wansdyke, north east Somerset, is to be the first area in the UK tested when the Home Office launches it own version of Megan's Law.
Labour MP Dan Norris said his constituency in Wansdyke, north east Somerset, is to be the first in the UK tested when the Home Office launches its own version of Megan's Law.
A home Office minister last night met the parents of the girl whose murder led to the controversial Megan's Law in the USA.
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.