Why Did the California Megan’s Law Come Into Effect?

Megan’s law is a law that many states and the federal government passed in hopes of curving the number of repeat sex offenders victimizing the public. California was one of the earliest adopters of Megan’s Law, and as such has had this safeguard up to protect the public for decades. But when did California Megan’s law exactly take effect? It may be a little more recent than you would think.

The Origins of Megan’s Law.

Megan’s law, like many laws we have on the books, we created in the wake of a tragedy. In 1994 a young New Jersey girl by the name of Megan Kanka was raped and murdered by her neighbor. This neighbor was a known pedophile and had been convicted of sexual crimes in the past. This is just one of many similar tragedies that happened in the United States because of dangerous sexual predators that were left unchecked, but Megan’s death got international press attention and send waves all throughout the United States. 

After her death, many lawmakers all over the country pushed for a version of Megan’s Law to be passed. It’s a little-known fact but Megan’s Law is only formally called as such on a federal level, every state law is called Megan’s Law informally. Megan’s Law was passed in 1996 in California.

How to Find the California Megan’s Law.

The California Megan’s Law website is very easy to find and use, assuming you have a cursory understanding of how to search the internet. You can use Google or another search engine to look up Megan’s Law California and it should appear as the first result. 

Once on the site, you can search by name, address, or zip code. When you search by address you are given the option to change the perimeter from the address that you’re searching. That means that ensuring that there are no sex offenders too close to your work, church, or home is very easy. You can find the name, address, physical description, charges, and registration status of the offender. The website will also provide you with a full-color picture of the offender to make it even easier to identify them in public.

Talk to Your Kids about Sex Offender Safety.

There have been many tragedies in the United States that have been caused by dangerous sexual predators. Nobody thinks it can happen to their family, but many families every year realize that it is entirely possible for them to be targeted by a sexual predator. Talking to your kids about sex offender safety and ensuring that they understand how to stay safe can help your family avoid your own tragedy. Fortunately, the sex offender registry has information about sex offenders in your area so you can be sure that you’re staying as safe as possible on at least one front. 

***Registered Offenders List is a free online resource that strives to offer helpful content and resources to its visitors regarding registered sex offenders that live near you.

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