Megan’s Law History:
In 1995, a convicted child molester was arrested
for the murder and rape of 7-year-old Megan Kanka in a New Jersey suburb. The
offender lived right across the street from the Kanka residence, however the
Police Department was prohibited from disclosing the presence of this child
molester because at the time the law did not allow the release of sex offender
information to the public.
The law was changed to permit the release of this information to the public and
on May 8, 1996, President Clinton signed the law, dubbed "Megan's Law" in
remembrance of little Megan Kanka. The California State Legislature signed
California's version of Megan's Law into effect on September 25, 1996. This law
was implemented to allow potential victims to protect themselves and allow
parents to protect their children.
To learn more about Megan's Law click on the
Megan's Law California Office of the Attorney General website