TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Linda R. Greenstein and Fred Madden that will strengthen New Jersey’s sex offender registry statute – Megan’s Law – has been signed into law.
“In the nearly twenty years since Megan Kanka was horrifically murdered, the state has made great efforts to protect children from sexual predators,” said Senator Greenstein, D-Middlesex and Mercer. “Since Megan’s Law went into effect, sex offenders must register and families must be made aware of serious offenders living in their neighborhoods. When extreme circumstances occur and a family must be evacuated or displaced from their home, parents need peace of mind that their children will not be put in harm’s way. This law will ensure that agencies responsible for these housing placements have access to information to protect children from dangerous individuals, so we can continue to provide safe, temporary housing for New Jersey’s families. It is imperative that Megan’s Law continues to evolve to ensure that children throughout the state are protected. With the enactment of this legislation, we are doing just that.”