Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses
Below you will find information on special legal considerations related to sex offenses, including community notification laws and other legal restrictions on convicted sex offenders.Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses: Overview
Sex Offender Registration and Restrictions:
- Halloween Sex Offender Laws - Many states have enacted laws restricting the behavior of convicted sex offenders on Halloween.
- Registration Requirements: Impact of Jacob Wetterling - The unsolved abduction of Jacob Wetterling led to the enactment of national sex offender registry laws.
- Community Notification Laws (Megan's Law) - Every state must provide information about the location of individuals convicted of sex offenses.
- Megan's Law Resources by State - A list with links to each state's sex offender registry website.
- Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders - Several states prohibit those convicted of sex crimes from living in certain areas, such as near schools.
- Chemical and Surgical Castration - Some states allow drug treatments to lower a convict's sex drive, and at least one state permits the surgical castration of sex offenders.
- Civil Commitment - Some states order the civil commitment of habitual sex offenders in order to reduce the risk of future crimes.
- Amber Alerts - Amber alerts spread information about child abductions to aid in the rescue of the child.