How to Obtain Sex Offender Information
A California law sponsored by the Attorney General now provides the public with Internet
access to detailed information on registered sex offenders.
This expanded access allows the public to use their personal computers to view information
on sex offenders required to register with local law enforcement under California's
Megan's Law. The new law was given final passage by the Legislature on August 24,
2004 and signed by the Governor on September 24, 2004.
For more than 50 years, California has required sex offenders to register with their
local law enforcement agencies. However, information on the whereabouts of these
sex offenders was not available to the public until the implementation of the Child
Molester Identification Line in July 1995. The information available was further
expanded by California's Megan's Law in 1996 (Chapter 908, Stats. of 1996).
California's Megan's Law provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts
of sex offenders so that members of our local communities may protect themselves and
their children. Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey
girl who was raped and killed by a known child molester who had moved in across the
street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas
sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. All states
now have a form of Megan's Law.
The law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the
information to harass or commit any crime against an offender.
You can view sex offender information by visiting http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/
Information taken from “Megan's Law - Information on Registered Sex Offenders” provided
by California Department of Justice, Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, 2004 DOJ
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