Megan’s Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed in 1994 by a twice convicted sexual offender who had moved in across the street from the Kankas--without their knowledge. Megan’s parents embarked on a national crusade to change federal and state laws to allow for community notification of released sex offenders.
On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed the Federal
“Megan’s Law,” which required the release of relevant
information to protect the public from sexually violent offenders. Colorado's Megan's Law arms the public with certain information on the whereabouts of dangerous sex offenders so that local communities may protect themselves and their children.
The law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against the offender. It recognizes that public safety is best served when registered sex offenders are not concealing their location.
The availability of this information is designed to enhance public safety and awareness however, no law can guarantee the protection of our children. There is no substitute for common sense and safety precautions, such as teaching our children whom to trust and knowing where they are at all times. We are partners in making the law work. We have an obligation to act responsibly with the information we receive.
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