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Megan's Law Resources by State

Megan's Law is the common term for state laws that create and maintain a sex offender registry that makes information on registered sex offenders available to the public. The first Megan's Law appeared after the rape and murder of seven year-old New Jersey resident Megan Kanka by a sex offender who lived in the girl's neighborhood. Soon after the passage of this first Megan's Law, the federal government implemented requirement that all states establish sex offender registries and provide the public with information about the registered offenders.

While each state's version of Megan's Law differs slightly, they all require some form of sex offender registration and community notification. The information that states typically collect about the sex offenders includes: the offender's name, address, picture and the nature of their crime. States publish this information on freely available web sites that the public can query in many different way.

The list below contains links to each state's official Megan's Law web site. Follow the links below for access to your state's sex offender registry and information on the operation of your state's version of the law.

 Alabama

 Louisiana

 Oklahoma

 Alaska

Maine

 Oregon

 Arizona

 Maryland

 Pennsylvania

Arkansas

 Massachusetts

 Puerto Rico

 California

 Michigan

 Rhode Island

 Colorado

 Minnesota

 South Carolina

 Connecticut

 Mississippi

South Dakota

 Delaware

 Missouri

 Tennessee

 District Of Columbia

 Montana

 Texas

 Florida

 Nebraska

 Utah

 Georgia

 Nevada

 Vermont

 Hawaii

 New Hampshire

 Virginia

 Idaho

 New Jersey

 Washington

 Illinois

 New Mexico

 West Virginia

 Indiana

 New York

 Wisconsin

 Iowa

 North Carolina

 Wyoming

 Kansas

 North Dakota

 

 Kentucky

 Ohio

 
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