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What is Megan's Law?

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Every state in the country has enacted a statute designed to protect its communities from sex offenders and to help apprehend repeat sex offenders, called Megan's Law, in response to the murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka by a convicted sex offender living in her neighborhood in 1999. Megan's Law applies to all persons convicted of criminal offenses against a minor, violent and nonviolent sexual offenses, and felonies committed for a sexual purpose. Covered offenders must register with the state's department of public safety (DPS) upon their release into the community. Each must provide personal information (including his name, address, photograph, and DNA sample), notify DPS of any change in residence, and periodically submit an updated photograph. In most states, the registration requirement runs for 10 years and those convicted of sexually violent offenses must register for life.

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