NJ: Committee Advances Megan’s Law Initiative

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee has advanced a Megan’s Law initiative (S-205) introduced by Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th District, to enhance the community notification process for sex offenders in a community.

Under the legislation, “The state Attorney General would be required to establish a means for providing e-mail notifications when a sex offender listed on the internet registry registers a new address in a different county or zip code from the offender’s previous address,” a delegation press release explains. Full Article

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What safety could possibly be gained by being notified that an RC moved into a home two counties over? There’s zero rational here. What are you going to do? Avoid visiting a random address 40 miles away?

Someday citizens will wake up and realize any new overkill addition introduced by legislators to these already bloated and oppressive laws is a clear indication that that district has rising crime, growing homelessness, pot holes and other eroding infrastructure, high taxes, and corruption among the city leaders. Since none of them have the vision, fortitude, or aptitude to address these issues they do the quick and assured method to gain political favor, they draft another law claiming they care about children and want to protect you from these sex offenders that are prowling in the shadows around every corner waiting to get you.

Very few people on the registry reoffend. most sex crimes are done by new offenders, and most often by someone close to the family, not people living in some other county. Most people on the registry relocate in an attempt to try to rebuild their lives and get away from the harassment of the community they live in and the people–like the self-serving politician stated above–that prevent them from integrating into society.

“……complications encountered by law enforcement due to the transient nature of sexual offenders.”.
Maybe the “transient nature” of Registrants is the result of Megan’s Law in the first place…..which leads to lack of housing and homelessness. Oh no, let’s not fix that problem – we will just add further enhancements to the existing dysfunctional statutes!! 😠
Oh, and FYI, Megan Kanka died 25 years ago. It’s about time lawmakers let her to Rest in Peace!

From the producers of “Megan’s Law” and “International Megan’s Law”, comes “Megan’s Law Initiative.” What next ….. “Megan’s Law Identity”? “Megan’s Law Imperative”? “Megan’s Law Supremacy”? “Megan’s Law Ultimatum”?? 🙄
Or how about “Megan’s Law: Unconstitutional”??

First of all, I thought the registry was supposed to be the notification that they keep screaming about.

Second, do they think the AG is going to get the email addresses of all residents in the state to send these email notifications to?

Third, excellent points by SR and David.

Fourth, I’m more worried about the last paragraph in the article, proposing allowing DAs to tier before release. Tiering is useless pointless anyway (sorry ACSOL board, but it’s true), but I’d bet my left arm that all DAs will tier everyone a 3 regardless of circumstance. Strictly regulatory, of course.