Megans Law Essay

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Megan Kanka was an innocent little girl, someone’s daughter, sister, and best friend. The defendant, Jesse Timmendequas, changed all of that. He changed it brutally, savagely, and permanently. In a few moments of unspeakable horror, the defendant destroyed all of Megan’s dreams, all of that joy, all that hope, all that promise. In those few moments, he destroyed Megan Kanka’s life. She would never live to see her wedding day, never have children, and never embrace her family again. Jesse Timmendequas took Megan’s life on July 24, 1994. Her funeral was held on Wednesday, August 3, 1994.
Jesse Timmendequas was a twice convicted sex offender. He moved in across the street from Megan’s
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In May 1996, President Clinton signed Megan’s Law, requiring that all states implement their own version of a sex offender registration and community notification programs.
The 1994 Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sex Offender Registration Act had previously required the States to register individuals convicted of sex crimes against children. Megan’s Law added to this Act by requiring that upon release from custody, sexual offenders must register with the police department where they intend to live. Megan's Law asserts that the danger of sex offender recidivism "requires a system of registration that will permit law enforcement officials to identify and alert the public when necessary for the public safety." Advocates believe that alerting a community about a sex offender living in their neighborhood will help prevent further cases of sexual assault.
New Hampshire’s version of Megan’s Law requires convicted felons to report their address at least once per year or whenever their address changes, for the rest of their lives. Those convicted of misdemeanors are required to report their address changes for a period of ten years. The registry law first went into effect on January 1, 1994 and was retroactive to 1986.
Those opposed to Megan’s Law argue that sexual offender’s constitutional rights are being violated and that community notification for sex offenders who have served their sentences violates constitutional

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