Megan’s Law

Megan’s Law by State

Washington State’s 1990 Community Protection Act included America’s first law authorizing public notification when dangerous sex offenders are released into the community. However, it was the brutal 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka that prompted the public demand for broad based community notification. On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan’s Law. Megan’s Law requires the following two components:

Sex Offender Registration – The 1994 Jacob Wetterling Act requires the States to register individuals convicted of sex crimes against children. Sex offender registration laws are necessary because:

  • Sex offenders pose a high risk of re-offending after release from custody;
  • Protecting the public from sex offenders is a primary governmental interest;
  • The privacy interests of persons convicted of sex offenses are less important than the government’s interest in public safety;
  • Release of certain information about sex offenders to public agencies and the general public will assist in protecting the public safety.

Community Notification – Megan’s Law allows the States discretion to establish criteria for disclosure, but compels them to make private and personal information on registered sex offenders available to the public. Community notification:

  • Assists law enforcement in investigations;
  • Establishes legal grounds to hold known offenders;
  • Deters sex offenders from committing new offenses;
  • Offers citizens information they can use to protect children from victimization.

In order to remain current and maintain relevance we ask the public to provide updated information that we may have overlooked, including new, broken or invalid web links so that the KlaasKids Foundation can continue to be the Internet’s premiere Megan’s Law destination.

On July 27, 2006 President Bush signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. One important component requires the U.S. Justice Department to create a public accessible Internet based national sex offender database that allows users to specify a search radius across state lines. The result is the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website.

Accessing Megan’s Law – International Efforts 

Updated 1/18/2018

  • Alabama – Approximately 15,157 as of 12/13/17
  • Alaska – 2,369 registered; 164 non-compliant; 3,461 on the web as of 9/30/17
  • Arizona – 13,945 as of 7/1/17
  • Arkansas – 15,528 as of 10/30/17
  • California – 105,316 as of 10/31/17
  • Colorado – 18,797 as of  10/30/17
  • Connecticut – 5,408 as of 11/8/17
  • Delaware – 4,699 as of 12/14/17
  • Florida – 12,324 predators, 58,426 sexual offenders, and 351 juvenile sexual offenders as of 11/1/17
  • Georgia –30,256 registered; 616 non-compliant as of 10/30/17
  • Hawaii – 2,927 as of 12/26/17
  • Idaho –4,630 adults; 83 juveniles, 315 Non-compliant offenders as of 10/31/17 
  • Illinois – 33,061 in database, 24,527 residing in Illinois as of 10/1/17
  • Indiana – 9,793 as of 11/7/17
  • Iowa – 5,716 as of 11/1/17
  • Kansas – 17,604 Public records; 19,185 Restricted and public records; 947 Non-compliant public offender records; 1,086 Non-compliant public and restricted records  as of 11/8/17
  • Kentucky – 11,326 as of 10/30/17
  • Louisiana – 9,395 as of 11/6/17
  • Maine – 2,714 as of 6/27/16
  • Maryland –5,875 as of 1/4/18
  • Massachusetts – 11,420 as of 11/17/17
  • Michigan – 43,823 as of 10/2/17
  • Minnesota – 17,677 as of 11/6/17
  • Mississippi – 10,109 as of 10/30/17
  • Missouri – 15,470 as of 10/30/17
  • Montana – Total 4,656: Total Active 2,667: Total Inactive 1,989 as of 11/7/17
  • Nebraska – 5,418 as of 10/30/17
  • Nevada – 7,022 active 19,095 inactive registered offenders as of  1/15/18
  • New Hampshire – 2,826 as of 11/8/17
  • New Jersey – 14,256 as of 11/20/17
  • New Mexico – 3,748 as of 11/17/17
  • New York – 40,232 as of 10/16/17
  • North Carolina – 17,601 as of 1/16/18
  • North Dakota – 1,839 as of 1/16/18
  • Ohio – 18,307 as of 10/30/17
  • Oklahoma – There are 6,689 active offenders, and 1,164 non-compliant offenders as of 10/30/17
  • Oregon – 29,918 as of 12/12/17
  • Pennsylvania – 22,077 as of 1/17/18
  • Rhode Island – 1,747 as of 9/30/17
  • South Carolina – 16,133 total, 9,934 are actively registering offenders as of 11/13/17
  • South Dakota – 3,607 as of 10/30/17
  • Tennessee – 23,015 as of 11/17/17
  • Texas – 92,524 as of 1/2/18
  • Utah – 8,102 as of 11/14/17
  • Vermont – 1,331 as of 12/14/17
  • Virginia – 31,468 as of 10/30/17
  • Washington – 22,037 as of 11/2/17
  • Washington, D.C. – 1,190 as of 1/1/17
  • West Virginia – 5,826  as of 11/7/17
  • Wisconsin – 24,805 as of 11/7/17
  • Wyoming – 2,291 as of 12/31/17

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