The California sex offenders law is also known as California’s Megan Law. Established in 1996, the Penal Code § 290.46. protects the public from sex offenders.
The law makes sure the general public are aware of registered sex offenders.
The name "California's Megan Law" is from a victim of rape and murder Megan Kanka. Megan, age 7, died at the hands of a convicted child molester living across the street. Her parents did not know that a child molester lived across the street.
Megan’s parents had the local authorities inform the public about sex offenders.
The parent's efforts lead other states to adopt this measure. Now “Megan’s Law” helps protect the public from sex offenders.
The California Sex and Arson Registry manages the primary source of information for sex offenders.
The registry updates the sex offender database with information from local law enforcement.
The registry also informs the general public of registrants that are violating registration. You can aid the registry by reporting any information you may have on a sex offender to your local law enforcement.
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Offenses Requiring Registration and Community Notification Under ALA. CODE. § 15-20-20:
Kidnapping (CAL. PENAL CODE § 207, 209 (West 2008).) with the intent to commit:
CAL. PENAL CODE § 290.015 (West 2008)
(a) A person who is subject to the Act shall register, or re-register if the person has previously registered, upon release from incarceration, placement, commitment, or release on probation under subdivision (b) of Section290.
This section shall not apply to a person who is incarcerated for less than 30 days if he or she has registered as required by the Act. He or she returns after incarceration to the last registered address, and the annual update of registration that is required to occur within five working days of his or her birthday, under subdivision (a) of Section 290.012, did not fall within that incarceration period. The registration shall consist of all of the following:
CAL. PENAL § 290.45 (West 2008)
(a)(1): Any designated law enforcement entity may provide information to the public about a person required to register as a sex offender by whatever means the entity deems appropriate, when necessary to ensure the public safety based upon information available to the entity concerning that specific person.
CAL. PENAL § 290.46 (West 2008)
(a)(1): On or before July 10, 2010, the Department of Justice shall make available information concerning persons who are required to register under Section 290 to the public via an Internet Web site as specified in this section.
CAL. PENAL § 290.95 (West 2008)
(a): Registrants who apply or accept a position that has direct and unaccompanied access to minor children must disclose their status as a registrant on their application for that position or upon acceptance of the employment.
(b): No registrant who has been convicted of a crime against a victim under the age of 16 may work in a position where the registrant would have direct and unaccompanied access to minor children or have supervision or disciplinary power over minor children.
CAL. PENAL § 3003.5(b) (West 2008)
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it is unlawful for any person for whom registration is required under Section 290 to reside within 2000 feet of any public or private school or park where children regularly gather.
CAL. PENAL § 290 (West 2008)
Within 14 days of entering any county or city; 10 days of changing the address
Yes, both adults and juveniles, including federal and foreign convictions.
Offenders update registration info annually with local law enforcement within 10 days of birthday; verify address with the Department of Justice.
If guilty of a misdemeanor, failure to register or update is a crimeup to 1 year in jail; if guilty of a felony or have a prior failure, failure is a felony16-36 months in state prison; mandatory 90 days imprisonment; parole/probation revocation.
Sex offender registries exist all over the United States as a public safety measure. Not only to protect communities nationwide but also to make it a lot more difficult for offenders to recommit.
There are laws in every state as well as on the federal level that dictate how this information is handled, and the sex offender registries are very useful tools for those that know how to access them. The Califonia sex offender registry is no exception to this, and locating and accessing the California sex offender registry is a relatively simple task.
As it’s been mentioned, sex offender registries are a matter of public safety. The more easily the public can identify sex offenders in their community the more they’ll be able to avoid potential threats.
That being said, this registry being easily accessible to the public is of the utmost priority. If you have an internet connection, finding and accessing this data is now available online. Simply search for California Megan’s Law in your favorite search engine, the registry should appear high in the search results.
Once on the website, you’ll need to agree to the disclaimer on the website. It essentially says that you won’t use the information to harm the sex offenders, and states that using the registry to hurt sex offenders can be considered a charge in itself. Once you’ve made it past the screen that asks you to agree to their conditions all you have to do is search by your preferred search criteria. The California sex offender registry allows you to search by name, city, or zip code so it’s very easy to find all of the information you need at this point.
Sex offender registries didn’t always exist. They haven’t even been around for 30 years at the time of writing this article. In 1994 the tragic death of a young New Jersey girl made people realize that such a registry would be necessary. The young girl’s name was Megan Kanka, and she was raped and murdered by her known pedophile neighbor. This neighbor was exactly the kind of person that would have been required to register as a sex offender in New Jersey had there been any sex offender registration laws.
Shortly after, in 1996, lawmakers pushed through a bill called Megan’s Law that started the push towards sex offender registries nationwide, and many states began adopting their own version of the law and establishing their own sex offender registries. These were considered to be very important for keeping the public safe because sex offenders tend to have a very high rate of recidivism. Since these laws were passed law enforcement agencies all over the United States have been keeping a close eye on sex offenders that live in their jurisdictions. In most cases, law enforcement will go so far as to verify the information provided by sex offenders to be sure that they really live where they say they do.
There’s no shortage of information about the sex offenders that live in California. All sex offenders are required to register for life, and that means that for life anyone can find out their status by simply accessing the California Megan’s Law website. As long as you know how to navigate the internet this information is always just a search away, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Whether you’re trying to ensure your own safety or the safety of your family, knowing how to look out for, can make this task significantly easier.
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