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 7/22/2016

Megan's Map


  • Alabama – Approximately 16,919 including non-residents, 14,329 without non-residents as of 6/20/16
  • Alaska – 2328 registered; 135 non-compliant; 3408 on web as of 5/31/16
  • Arizona – 115,438 as of 7/1/15
  • Arkansas – 15,529 as of 6/21/16
  • California – 103,806 as of 6/21/16
  • Colorado – 18,047 as of  6/20/16
  • Connecticut – 5,386 as of 7/7/16
  • Delaware – 4,762 as of 6/20/16
  • Florida – 11,541 predators, 56,443 sexual offenders, and 318 juvenile sexual offenders as of 6/22/16
  • Georgia –28,218 registered; 557 non-compliant as of 6/20/16
  • Hawaii – 2,907 as of 06/01/16
  • Idaho –4,305 adults; 84 juveniles, 342 Non-compliant offenders as of 6/20/16  
  • Illinois – 31,705 in database; 21,946 residing in Illinois as of 6/1/16
  • Indiana – 9,601 as of 6/21/16
  • Iowa – 5,377 as of 6/21/16
  • Kansas – 15,919 Public records; 17,391 Restricted and public records; 610 Non-compliant public offender records; 706 Non-compliant public and restricted records  as of 6/23/16
  • Kentucky – 10,805 as of 6/20/16
  • Louisiana – 9396 as of 7/6/16
  • Maine – 2,714 as of 6/27/16
  • Maryland –Registered 7020, Incarcerated 970, Active 6050, Compliant 5738 as of 7/30/15
  • Massachusetts – 11,505 as of 7/6/16
  • Michigan – 42,325 as of 7/1/16
  • Minnesota – 17,748 as of 7/19/16
  • Mississippi – 9,372 as of 6/20/16
  • Missouri – 15,434 as of 6/23/16
  • Montana – 2,525 as of 5/03/16
  • Nebraska – 5,141 as of 6/21/16
  • Nevada – 7,955 active 11,907 inactive registered offenders as of 6/30/15
  • New Hampshire – 2,744 as of 3/31/16
  • New Jersey – 15,540 as of 7/21/15
  • New Mexico – 3,593 as of 6/20/16
  • New York – 39,060 as of 7/6/16
  • North Carolina – 16,714 as of 6/20/16
  • North Dakota – 1,532 as of 7/1/16
  • Ohio – 18,551 as of 6/22/16
  • Oklahoma – 6,318 active offenders, and 1,066 non-compliant offenders as of 7/15/16
  • Oregon – 28,874 as of 7/1/16
  • Pennsylvania – 19,595 as of 06/21/16
  • Rhode Island – 1,694 active as of 6/20/16
  • South Carolina – 15,996 total sex offenders.  9416 are active offenders as of 7/8/15
  • South Dakota – 3,502 as of 6/21/16
  • Tennessee – 21,876 as of 7/19/16
  • Texas – 87,991 as of 7/11/16
  • Utah –   7,463 as of 6/20/16
  • Vermont – 1,337 as of 6/23/16
  • Virginia – 29,940 as of 7/12/16
  • Washington – 21,572 as of 6/16
  • Washington, D.C. – 1,048 as of 7/30/15
  • West Virginia – 4,632  as of 6/21/2016
  • Wisconsin – 24,308 as of 07/15/16
  • Wyoming – 2,195 as of 6/24/16

Source for State Megan’s Law Grade Number of Registrants – Parents for Megan’s Law

Sex Offender Registration & Community Notification Internet Access List

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