Where did Megan's Law originate from?


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Megan's Law originated from the 1994 case of Megan Kanka, age 7, of New Jersey, who was raped and murdered by her neighbor, a convicted pedophile, states the Pennsylvania State Police. In 1996, Congress enacted the federal version of Megan's Law, which requires public notice when sex offenders are released.

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Every state and Washington, D.C. passed a Megan’s Law during the mid-1990s, states the U.S Office of Justice Programs. Under the federal Megan's Law, local and state law enforcement officials publicize information about registered sex offenders to warn and protect the public. Megan's mother and father said they never would have allowed their daughter to travel unrestricted in their community had they known the man living across the street from their home had been convicted of sex crimes, notes the Pennsylvania State Police.

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