Megan's Law

noun
variants: or less commonly Megan's law

Definition of Megan's Law

US
:a law that requires law enforcement authorities to make available to the public information about convicted sex offenders living in the area
  • All of Englewood is now aware that the sex offender lives there. This awareness is a result of a group of statutes collectively known as Megan's Law, which was hastily passed in 1994 after a 7-year-old New Jersey girl named Megan Kanka was kidnapped, raped and murdered, allegedly by a twice-convicted sex offender.
  • —Peter DavisNew York Times Magazine28 July 1996
  • The State of Alaska enacted the Alaska Sex Offender Registration Act … on May 12, 1994 … . Like its counterparts in other States, the Act is termed a “Megan’s Law.”
  • —Smith v. Doe, 538 U.S. 84,  (2003)

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