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NJ: Proposed Megan’s Law update aims to protect evacuees

TRENTON — Legislators approved a bill this month that will strengthen Megan’s Law to ensure state agencies do not place homeless and evacuated families near registered sex offenders.

The issue was brought to light last year during a train derailment and subsequent evacuation in Paulsboro. A family with two teenage daughters was relocated to a Gibbstown motel that also housed a registered sex offender.

State Sen. Fred Madden, D-Gloucester, called the bill he sponsored “common-sense legislation” that will close a dangerous loophole in the law. Full Article

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  1. Joe

    So this is billed as “common-sense legislation” that will close a dangerous loophole in the law.”.

    What SB 1946 does is allow SO information to be released to placing agencies after a disaster. And then to do what with that information????

    Records maintained pursuant to this act shall be open to any law enforcement agency in this State, the United States or any other state and may be released to:
    …. (2) the Department of Human Services and county and municipal welfare agencies for exclusive use in placing homeless families and persons in emergency shelters, which include but are not limited to, hotels and motels.

    http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/S2000/1946_I1.HTM

    Thats it. Then what? I am sure the agencies trying to place evacuees and the evacuees being placed are going to be just tickled about the extra layer of bureaucracy and likely delay to locations being off-limits! If they are. Who is to decide? And what?

    What is really disturbing is the fact that all a politician has to do anymore is introduce a bill relating to registrants, babble something about a ‘dangerous loophole’ (if you had a penny for every time you heard that….), and the sheeple get in line.

  2. A Friend

    Folks…what public sanctioned..public sponsored discrimination
    is really telling you is that while you waste time and money looking
    at a list…you’re students will more probable than not..be abused
    by school personnel than from anyone on a list…common sense
    and stats say the so called next “sex” crime will be from someone
    NOT from a list…that coward won’t tell the public that fact..coward.

  3. USA

    This is truly surreal. What about the convicted murders, gang members, drug users or people convicted of driving while drunk? What an idiot? Or, what about people convicted of prostitution? What if ? This is truly a joke!

  4. J

    Since public dissemination of info started in the mid 90’s, the legislators’ self-insulating mantra was that no discrimination or harassment would be allowed. No one said it would not be tolerated because the next thing that happened is discrimination and mistreatment by businesses, scapegoating by neighborhoods and citizen watch groups and a general pattern that would essentially insure ex-offenders would never re-integrate into society at a functional and productive level.
    So what is likely to follow now – as “the logical next step” – is to build into the law that offenders can be forcefully evacuated or relocated in the event of an emergency. Don’t be surprised to find how these “logical next steps” lead to more and more mistreatment and subsequently punishment of offenders to suit these “natural progressions”. I think we all know and can cite countless examples of these laws, the predictable human reaction, then the subsequent violations to those who are trying to re-integrate. The “Child Protection Act” should be replaced with the “Offender Societal Removal and Civil Rights Denial Act” or something of similar and appropriate description to align it with the subsequent interpretation and enforcement of these laws that are packaged with such “good intentions”.

    • Eric Knight

      You are correct. A friend of mine actually created a spoof site at one point, but he told me that such a goal is the intention of both lawmakers and the general public. It is a site which “promotes” the creation of an amendment to the US Constitution that would, essentially, create a permanent “labor camp” for all people who have to register.

      This was created long before residency restriction, Internet restrictions, and employment restrictions started to become in vogue.

      http://www.soretra.50webs.com
      http://www.soretra.50webs.com/faq.html

  5. USA

    Very funny web site. This is very disturbing. First, if I lived in any other state, I would have been off the registry years ago! California needs to get with the program. Truly. I mean, can you imagine being in ie: Florida after a hurricane and walking into a support center and maybe seeing armed guards surrounding a particular area in the building with fences around the people. Oh, who are they? Prisoners? No sir, sex offenders. They have to be monitored and we are requiring them to wear the black coveralls as well. So, if you see someone with black coveralls, run. LOL. ALthough, the murderers, wife beaters, gang members, drug users and everyone else can stay over here? Okay? By the way sir, can I get your SSN and CDL to verify if your a sex offender or not (while a man holds a gun on you)? Okay, your clear. You can go on that side of the stadium. Its not far off unless something changes sooner than later. Drivers licenses with sex offender, signs posted on the lawns of those on probation, people banned from parks, beaches, residency restrictions and who knows what else? Maybe if your a sex offender you can only sit in certain areas of an airplane? Or, sit in a certain area of the bus? Maybe you will be banned from leaving your home at night or only if you get permission? Sound familiar? Or, maybe you cant drive at night? I believe there is even a law in certain states requiring you to check in with the police if your going on vacation? Thats nuts! If this keeps up, all sex offenders will have something surgically implanted in them to track their every move? Oh, wait a minute. Arent most sex offenders released on parole now required to have GPS braclets on them for life? How do they ride bicycles? Swim? Get a job? Have sex? Its nuts.

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