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NJ: Are Reforms Needed For Megan’s Law?

When ____ ____ got out of prison for a rape he did not commit, he spent the next 20 years on New Jersey’s sex offender registry. Only when he was formally cleared this month did his name come off a list that carries a lifetime of stigma.

The case has put a spotlight on whether the registry — created by Megan’s Law and designed to notify parents of predators nearby — is too broad and even ineffective. Full Article

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  1. Robert Curtis

    This is why it’s a good idea by only having a tiered registry under probation and parole sentencing guidelines. There is something called Life-time probationparole and also most states have civil commitment laws for those deem dangerous…so to have a separate registry is redundant … The registry is a form of probation/parole why not make it officially so and name it as part of probation and parole?

    • nomore

      I may be wrong but seems like every time they enact a tier system, they use that as a way to up more people to a higher designation.

      As for the last part, I’m not sure they feel like they could get away with a year or more in jail followed by a 15 to 30 or more year probation requirement. Calling it non-punitive allows them to screw us longer. Win win!

    • HOOKSCAR

      Robert,
      I do agree, but in states like California there is no tiered system. You are a lifetime registerant. There are approximately 135000 registrants if I am not mistaken. Now, let’s say California goes to a tiered system, do you propose that the government take on the burden of classifying 135000 registrants?
      They should, but I have a feeling some politicians will find a way to keep the majority of registrants still “registered” for life. Gotta keep the money flowing.

    • JohnDoeUtah

      I see your point, but that’s not the point. The point is to have a system in place, not attached to your sentence, so that it never ends and can be modified without court approval. If they made it part of sentencing, like probation/parole, then it would be expost facto for us already on the list, and they simply cannot let us off on constitutional grounds. So, they must maintain that it is a civil remedy to ensure it encompasses everyone.

    • Erwin

      Well it may feel like parole, Robert, but there’s definitely a difference. For one, your 4th amendment rights get restored off parole. We don’t want folks to get the ideal that cops can show up and do a warrantless search of a registrant off parole. Fact is, you have the right to tell them to take a hike and get off your property. In most states, a former parolee gets their voting rights restored, and if you they committed a state offense, some states may even allow them to own a firearm again. And of course there’s freedom of travel without telling your po where you’re going all the time

      Now, it doesn’t mean some jurisdictions won’t impose onerous conditions on registrants off parole. But some of these conditions (like residency ordinances) have increasingly been found unconsitutional by courts. Being on the registry is hell but there is some freedom. However, being on both the registry and parole means they own you

      A tier system can be a curse or a blessing. We all know that some registrants (including individuals on this forum) had their risk level bumped up after a state decided to go with a the tier. However, it does gives opportunity for low risk individuals not to have to register for life like they currently do in California & Florida. Some good hearted individuals on this forum who rizk potentially being bumped into high risk after implementation of a tier system in CA have said if a new system helps a great many from having to register for life, then it’s okay. However, I still believe any new tier system should get rid of the retroactive provisions AND not rely on horrible static-99 as a guide

      • Timmr

        I think any registration system needs to first be judged as a penal action, not a civil one. Next it needs to be judged on its effectiveness in promoting the general welfare.
        I haven’t seen proof any registration sceme for sex offenses does anything for the general welfare. It just serves as retribution and revenge and those are qualities of punishment.

      • Timmr

        I think any registration system needs to first be judged as a penal action, not a civil one. Next it needs to be judged on its effectiveness in promoting the general welfare.
        I haven’t seen proof any registration sceme for sex offenses does anything for the general welfare. It just serves as retribution and revenge and those are qualities of punishment.
        So what’s the point of arguing for a lie, even if it is a more pleasant version of the lie?

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