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Megan`s Law
Last Featured: 3/3/2000

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Overview

In 1994, Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl, was abducted and raped by a twice-convicted sex offender who unbeknownst to the girl`s family lived across the street. In response to the outrage at this act, New Jersey passed a registration and community notification law, which requires disclosure of information about sex offenders upon their release from prison. Today nearly every state and the federal government have similar laws. Do these laws effectively deter crime and protect the public? Do they violate defendants right to live peaceably when they have ``done their time?``


Guests
Jack Furlong is an attorney with the law firm of Furlong and Krasny in West Trenton, New Jersey. Specializing in criminal law, Mr. Furlong has been an Assistant Prosecutor in New Jersey's Mercer County and a deputy state Attorney General. During his career he has represented hundreds of criminal defendants, including many men accused of sexual offenses. Mr. Furlong brought one of the first legal challenges to New Jersey's Megan's Law on behalf of defendants who would have been forced to register under the act.

Ernie Allen is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a non-profit Center, which has helped recover 50,000 missing and exploited children. The Center, which has offices in six states and the United Kingdom, operates a website and CyberTipline, called the "911 for the Internet," which receives over 3 million hits a day. Ernie Allen came to the Center following public service in his native Kentucky, where he was Chief Administrative Officer of Jefferson County, Director of Public Health & Safety for the City of Louisville, and Director of the Louisville-Jefferson County Crime Commission. He is an attorney and member of the Kentucky Bar; and a teacher, having held faculty positions at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and Indiana University.

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"Due process has not been reduced to any formula, it's content cannot be determined by reference to any code. The balance of which i speak is the balance struck by this country, having regard to the traditions from which it developed as well as the traditions from which it broke. That tradition is a living thing. Any decision of this court which radically departs from it could not survive long. While a decision which builds on what has survived is likely to be sound."

— Supreme Court Justice John Harlan, II

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Megan's Law
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Center for Sex Offender Management
Megan's Law in all fifty states
Klaaskids Foundation
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Megan's Law Made Easy the Hard Way
Parents for Megan's Law
The Jacob Wetterling Foundation
Megan's Law Guidelines
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
California School Boards Association (CSBA)
KLAAS Kids Foundation
Publicizing Child Molester's Prison Release
Sexual Offender Assessment Board (PA)
Sexual Offending and Restoration
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Sexual Predator : How to Identify Registered and Unregistered Sex Offenders
by Robert Scott
The Right to a Jury Trial
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