It began in New Jersey 15 years ago when the murder-rape of 7-year-old Megan Kanka launched a nationwide movement – and laws in all 50 states.
The idea was to keep tabs on sex offenders through town by town registries … and, in the cases of those deemed most likely to strike again, to notify neighbors, schools and community institutions that a potential sexual predator was among them.
But now a federally-funded study by the NJ Department of Corrections concludes that Megan’s Law may be a failure – that it hasn’t prevented either new sex offenses or repeat offenses.
Sandra King looks at the history of the law, its cost, and the DOC study.
on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4xlFA_GbOU