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Megan's Law, the
landmark legislation that brought a new level of scrutiny to convicted sex
offenders, has failed to deter sex crimes or reduce the number of victims since
its passage 15 years ago, a new study concludes.
funded study, conducted by the state
Department of Corrections and
University and focused solely on New Jersey, suggests the growing cost of
carrying out the law – estimated at $5.1 million statewide in 2007 – “may not be
Daniel Hulshizer / AP
Megan Kanka is reflected in a photograph of her
Megan, at her home in Hamilton Township. Photo 2004
community support for these laws, there is little evidence to date, including
this study, to support a claim that Megan's Law is effective in reducing either
new first-time sex offenses or sexual re-offenses,” the researchers wrote in a
The study is
the latest in a string of efforts to measure the effectiveness of Megan's Law,
which has been adopted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Those
earlier studies also found the measure does not act as a deterrent.
lawyers and civil libertarians, who have long opposed the law and who have
fought in court to overturn it, seized on Friday's findings, calling on
lawmakers to dismantle what has grown into an elaborate system for tracking sex
offenders and notifying communities of their presence.
supporters pushed right back, calling the measure a vital tool for parents to
protect their children.
Bill Baroni (R-Mercer), said the study “completely misses the objective” of the
to use this study to weaken or erode Megan's Law will never succeed,” he said.
The law is
named for Megan Kanka, who was 7 years old when a neighbor lured her into his
Hamilton Township home on July 29, 1994, raped and killed her. Residents of the
block were unaware the neighbor, Jesse Timmendequas, was a convicted sex
offender. Timmendequas is now serving life in prison.
atmosphere of statewide outrage, Megan's Law was passed by year's end. It
requires convicted sex offenders to register with police after their release
from prison and to notify authorities if they move. In cases where an offender
is deemed most dangerous, the entire community is notified.
By 2002, the
names of sex offenders also had been entered in a searchable on-line registry
operated by the State Police.
mother, Maureen Kanka, who pushed for the law's passage in New Jersey and other
states, said in a telephone interview Friday that Megan's Law was working just
of the law was to provide an awareness to parents,” said Kanka, who still lives
in Hamilton. “It was put there for parents to know where the offenders are
living. It's doing what it was supposed to do. We never said it was going to
stop them from reoffending or wandering to another town.”
She said she
was confident the law would not be repealed, and she dismissed the cost of
carrying out the measure as “pennies” when placed in context with the
of dollars the state spends every year.
provides a service to the public,” she said. “I am not concerned it will be
funded by the National Institute of Justice, examined the cases of 550 sex
offenders who were broken into two groups – those released from prison before
the passage of Megan's Law and those released afterward.
researchers found no statistically significant difference between the groups in
whether the offenders committed new sex crimes.
released before the passage of Megan's Law, 10 percent were re-arrested on
sex-crime charges. Among the other group, 7.6 percent were re-arrested for such
researchers found no significant difference in the number of victims of the two
groups. Together, the offenders had 796 victims, ages 1 to 87. Most of the
offenders had prior relationships with their new victims, and nearly half were
family members. In just 16 percent of the cases, the offender was a stranger.
complicating factor for the researchers is that sex crimes had started to
decline even before the adoption of Megan's Law, making it difficult to pinpoint
cause and effect. In addition, sex offenses vary from county to county, rising
and falling from year to year.
Even so, the
researchers noted an “accelerated” decline in sex offenses in the years after
the law's passage.
initial decline cannot be attributed to Megan's Law, the continued decline may,
in fact, be related in some way to registration and notification activities,”
the authors wrote. Elsewhere in the report, they noted that notification and
increased surveillance of offenders “may have a general deterrent effect.”
report's caveats, those who oppose Megan's Law said the findings reinforce their
beliefs that the measure fails to improve public safety even as it violates the
rights of people who have served their time in prison.
“We now find
that for the past 15 years we have left the public with a false sense of
security,” said Michael Buncher, who heads the Special Hearings Unit in the
state Public Defender's Office. “Unfortunately, it appears that Megan's Law does
not work. It's time to rethink the solution.”
Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey,
called such laws “political Band-Aids that don't stay on.”
overdue for the New Jersey Legislature to let go of what they consider the
political value of 'tough on sex offenders first' and start focusing on helping
the victims,” she said.
writer Mark Mueller contributed to this report.
Comments on this Article
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It is easy to understand that people naturally want to protect
themselves or their children from sexual predators – or criminals of any sort,
for that matter. However, up to 90% of so-called “sex offenders” have not
committed the crime they were accused or convicted of. The justice system flips
the burden of proof onto the defendant, and all sorts of ILLEGAL tactics such as
false arrests, coaching of witnesses, falsifying documents, perjury by the
police (they call it “testi-lying”) is used to railroad law-abiding people into
prison to feed the “child abuse industry” which provides jobs for these people –
shrinks and the social workers – at TAXPAYER EXPENSE. Megan's Law
adds insult to injury and probably makes the problem WORSE.
If you REALLY want to protect your family from “sexual predators”
then work to rid your neighborhood of drug dealers, and lobby for keeping
recidivist DRUG DEALERS in prison for life. The dealing of hard drugs ROUTINELY
brings with it a flurry of customers who cannot afford to pay for their habit
with MONEY, and the dealer most often then, happily accept payment IN “TRADE” –
if you get my drift. THOSE sex crimes – along with the crime of peddling drugs
to a minor – are almost NEVER reported by the victims, because the victims – one
of which may be your teenage son or daughter, are DRUG ADDICTS.
There is a cellular phone app called “life 360” (
which enables you to keep track of your family members using GPS. The app is
free, and it will show all of the sex-offender registrants on a map in your
area. You will be surprised to find many more around you than you might imagine
– Contrary to what the media may tell you, over 90% of so-called “sex offenders”
have been falsely accused and RAILROADED. The legal and psychological aspects of
this subject are mind-boggling, but the bottom line is that both the media and
law enforcement want to keep the public SCARED, because with that FEAR they can
extract more money in taxes while giving you a false sense of security, making
you believe that they have all the “boogeymen” under control. Nothing could be
further from the truth.
Has your child's photo been taken in school? Well, if that makes
you feel safe, consider this – THOUSANDS of children in the US simply DISAPPEAR
from the face of the Earth, never to be seen again. One notable case in the
1970s was the case of Etan Patz, who vanished from New York City
City on May 25, 1979 without a
trace. The case was never solved, and the boy was declared “legally” dead
in 2004. It is entirely possible that your child's photo (which is stored
digitally) may find its way into a human trafficker's “catalog” of sorts – and
there is at least one case where such a thing was discovered – and it involved a
judge, and Child Protective Service workers who received a “bounty” for each
child that was abducted. This story is documented in several Alex Jones videos
http://www.Net4TruthUSA.com/acsabuse.htm – just scroll down the page a bit.
I can imagine nothing worse than to have your child just
disappear. Since CPS / ACS workers are immune from prosecution, they can make
false allegations against you, then without any evidence whatsoever, take your
child away from you and put your child in “foster care” where the likelihood of
both physical and sexual abuse is next to a certainty. THAT is the nightmare you
should exercise due diligence to protect yourself against.
statistics for Sex-offender recidivism (from a recent study) is a fraction of
what the media and the politicians would have you believe. You can access this
information, follow links to related articles and further research on:
The number of
convictions of “sex offenders” is upwards of
90%. The “recidivism rate” for those who are actually guilty is about 3% (three
percent). The REAL perverts cannot be deterred by the law, and they will freely
admit their crime to police or a therapist
– why? Because they genuinely believe that there is nothing wrong with rape or
The current psychiatric nosology is that if an offender admits
the crime he did (or is accused of doing), he or she is “on the road to
recovery”. This may be counter-intuitive, but I submit to you that precisely the
opposite is true. Drug dealers ROUTINELY rape their young customers and BRAG
about it to their friends. Their victims – usually teenage girls who are using
the drugs without their parents noticing – will NEVER report the abuse for fear
of being discovered as drug users by their parents.
A POINT HERE....
if you find that your child is using hard drugs and his or her allowance or
other means of income would not support such a habit, I am loathe to tell you
that the “cost” of that habit may well have been his or her innocence.
As an “aside” here – the prison system is CORRUPT. You want to
see CRIMINALS? Just get on the wrong side of the bars one day... you will see
some of the sickest bastards you ever imagined! They get to run around free with
the keys to the cells.
In 2001, a group of inmates at the Medium Security prison,
Groveland Correctional Facility, SONYEA, NY uncovered a scam that (allegedly)
bilked the Veteran's Administration out of an estimated 1.3
The Veteran's Affairs Inspector General investigated on the insistence of
Congressman Bernie Sanders
(Vt.) and fired the people involved, then attempted to cover it up so that the
inmates couldn't sue for psychiatric and medical malpractice. The DVA IG report
hoists the DVA Inspector General on his own petard with flagrant contradictions
in the report that I point out in my analysis. Read the DVA IG report and an
In that same facility (Groveland), the Veterans Residential
Therapeutic Program (VRTP) then overseen by counselors Mr. Frank Recchio and
Abigail Kolomic, was funded with Federal money.
In order to keep the program filled with occupants and the Federal funds coming,
the counselors outfitted the open dorms with two commercial kitchen stoves
complete with ovens, refrigerators, and T-Fal™ cookware. The VRTP participants
were cooking deep-dish pizza and other gourmet ethnic foods.
VRTP’s civilian counselors influenced the Parole Board to deny
parole to all VRTP participants. This was ascertained statistically over the
course of several years by inmates in the VRTP program who kept track of who was
paroled and who was rejected for release for crimes of similar nature.
The Parole Board’s ability to arbitrarily and capriciously deny
parole to eligible inmates, and the staff’s propensity to cite “troublemaker”
inmates (who asked too many questions that were hard to answer without upsetting
their “apple cart”) with disciplinary infractions, kept the VRTP program running
until the final days of the year 2000.
This writer exposed the VRTP scam with an expose’ written in
early November, and published November 2000 in the newsletter “Justicia” by the
Judicial Process Commission in Rochester, New York. The title of the article was
“Veterans Exploited in New York Prisons at Taxpayer Expense”. Several
inmates had subscriptions to that newsletter, and the snitches in the program
showed it to the staff, who quickly moved to get all the inmates involved with
the article – either by contributing to it or agreeing with it – transferred to
other prison facilities.
In 2006, Psychiatrists in New York City were caught RED HANDED by
several confidential informants working for the NY State Attorney General's
Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)
scamming millions of dollars from the MEDICAID system for the “treatment” of
sex-offenders who were out on parole and MANDATED to attend these “therapy”
classes. Medicaid paid for it under the auspices of “Substance Abuse Counseling”
under license from the Office for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
Read all about it on: http://www.Net4TruthUSA.com/shrinksbusted.htm
If you want to know the REAL low-down on RECIDIVISM in general –
an analysis that doesn't include the mandatory psychobabble bullshit and
irrelevant statistics requisite for admission into a courtroom, go to:
If you're curious about the various and sundry sexual aberrations
inherent in the human condition, read this book (must be 18 or over)
You want to know the TRUTH about what your child is exposed to in
public schools? Check THIS out: http://www.Net4TruthUSA.com/endangeringchildren.htm
you should also download
literature (in magazine format PDF) from: http://www.Net4TruthUSA.com/cchrlinks.htm
If you or anyone you know have been falsely accused of a sexual
crime, we need to eliminate the protection these people have from being SUED and
held criminally liable for slander, libel, falsifying evidence, perjury,
tampering with witnesses, obstruction of justice, alienation of affection, and
generally violating the Constitutional rights of the accused
by stripping them of their immunity from prosecution. See the following article
and click the related article links at the top of the page – and PLEASE sign the
petition to end judicial and prosecutorial immunity – NOBODY should be immune
from the law.
– the petition
– article & links to related reading
If you or a family member are a VICTIM of domestic violence or
abuse of any kind, please read the following articles and download the FREE
Take Down The National
Sex-Offender Registry – It is a counter-productive law and violates 8th
& 14th Amendment Constitutional rights. –
SIGN THE PETITION or YOU may be next!
REPEAL JUDICIAL AND PROSECUTORIAL
Terminate the archaic
English Feudalist Law that protects CPS workers, Police, Prosecutors
from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits when they violate a
citizen's Constitutional Rights.
Provide for compensatory and punitive damages to innocent people who
are railroaded by the Legal System.
Read the LEAD ARTICLE and follow links
to related information.
SIGN THE PETITION
before they get around to PERsecuting