Megan's Law
An informal name for a law that requires convicted sex offenders to register with law enforcement authorities, who then make certain information available to the public. Registered information varies from state to state, but it often includes the offender's name, address, date of conviction, type of crime, and photograph. This information may be made available on the Internet or distributed through newspapers, pamphlets, or other means. These laws are named for seven-year-old Megan Kanka, who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in New Jersey in 1994.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


Megan's Law
n. A statute that requires sex offenders to register with local authorities and requires publication of information about them (including their residence in the community) to the public.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • Megan’s Law — ☆ Megan’s Law [meg′ənz, mā′gənz ] n. [after Megan Kanka, 7 year old N.J. girl raped and murdered in 1994 by a neighbor previously incarcerated for child molestation] any of various statutes requiring that public notification be given of the… …   English World dictionary

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  • Megan's Law — Sign at the limits of Wapello, Iowa; sex offender free districts appeared as a result of Megan s Law. Megan s Law is an informal name for laws in the United States requiring law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public… …   Wikipedia

  • Megan's Law — /may geuhnz/ any of various laws aimed at people convicted of sex related crimes, requiring community notification of the release of offenders, establishment of a registry of offenders, etc. [1990 95; after Megan Kanka, young New Jersey girl… …   Universalium

  • Megan's Law — Meg′an s Law′ [[t]ˈmeɪ gənz[/t]] n. law any of various laws aimed at people convicted of sex related crimes, requiring community notification of the release of offenders, establishment of a registry of offenders, etc • Etymology: 1990–95; after… …   From formal English to slang

  • Megan's Law — /may geuhnz/ any of various laws aimed at people convicted of sex related crimes, requiring community notification of the release of offenders, establishment of a registry of offenders, etc. [1990 95; after Megan Kanka, young New Jersey girl… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Megan's Law — Meg|an s Law [ megənz ,lɔ ] noun singular a law in New Jersey that makes it necessary for police to inform neighbors when a person who is guilty of a sex crime moves into the area …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation — The Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation is a non profit charity founded by the family of Megan Kanka with the intent of preventing crimes against children. Megan s death resulted in the New Jersey Legislature passing Megan s Law, which requires… …   Wikipedia

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