Megan’s law – 10 years later

Despite wide 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. Continuing research should focus on matching samples of sex offenders before and after the implementation of Megan’s Law and also examining levels of supervision associated with Megan’s Law. Further research will be conducted utilizing the data accumulated here, specifically exploring low base rate offending and potential predictors of sexual recidivism. Should future studies establish that Megan’s Law has no demonstrable effect on the rates of sexual offending, policy makers and legislative leaders should investigate other options for lowering sex offense rates, such as mandated treatment of all sex offenders, potential use of polygraph testing and intensive probation and parole supervision.

NJ Megans Law

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