Within a month of her murder, New Jersey had introduced legislation known as "Megan's Law" that required sex offenders to register their address and contact information with the police for ten years after their release from prison and mandated a life sentence for a second sexual offense.
Klein and Assemblyman Rory Lancman D-Queens fought for the technological tool and sponsored legislation, signed into law by Governor Paterson last fall, making information regarding the location of registered sex offenders more accessible and convenient for millions of New Yorkers.
Yoon Byung-Soon —. Comments 6. Such revelations have been known to spark vigilantism among residents, and sex offenders have been threatened, hounded out of communities, and even physically harmed. Yon Sosa, Marco Antonio —
Unauthorized release of information. No official, employee or agency, whether public or private, shall be subject to any civil or criminal liability for damages for any discretionary decision to release relevant and necessary information pursuant to this section, unless it is shown that such official, employee or agency acted with gross negligence or in bad faith.
Judicial determination. Board of examiners of sex offenders. Where the court orders a sex offender released on probation, such order must include a provision requiring that he or she comply with the requirements of this article. Notwithstanding any per call limitation the division may place on calls by private individuals, the division shall allow such pre-registered organizations to inquire about up to twenty prospective coaches, leaders or volunteers in each call to the telephone number.
Comments 6. Council President Richard Martinelli and Majority Leader Liam McLaughlin, both Republicans running for reelection today, sponsored the measure, which would bar Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from living within a quarter-mile of day-care centers or schools.
Ironically, there is some evidence that the stress, stigma, and isolation that accompany community notification may trigger a relapse that might not have occurred otherwise. Due to the distribution of schools and parks, restricted zones often overlap, making it extremely difficult or even impossible for offenders to find housing.
The upstate city of Binghamton last month rescinded a similar law it passed in May, after the state passed a law restricting Level 3 sex offenders from visiting school grounds.
Timmendequas, a convicted child molester who had moved into her suburban neighborhood after serving seven years at a sex offender facility. Several other states, including New York, have local bylaws in place and are considering state legislation. The least restrictive policy is Illinois's foot rule, but most states require a 1, or 2,foot radius.