Megan's Law Argumentative Essay by Peter Pen

Megan's Law
An in-depth discussion regarding Megan's Law.
# 95524 | 5,054 words | 15 sources | APA | 2006

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This paper takes an in-depth look at Megan's Law. According to the paper, Megan's Law was named after 7-year old Megan Kanka of Hamilton Township, New Jersey who was raped and murdered by her neighbor. The paper discusses how Megan's Law violates past sexual offender's constitutional rights and does not improve safety in communities in which accused sexual offenders reside.

Table of Contents:

Emergence of Megan's Law
Megan's Law: Questions of Constitutionality

Literature and Opinions

Megan's Law in Different State

Author's Opinion

From the Paper:

"In our society, everyone should be entitled to one mistake. After all, nobody in this world is a perfect law abiding citizen. After one makes a mistake, they should learn from this experience and use it before acting in the future. In other words, they deserve a second chance. Megan's Law makes that second chance impossible. The creation of sexual offender registries and informative materials (i.e. Ahearn's example of flyers) make it more difficult for past sexual offenders to lead normal lives after they finish their sentence. It leaves more of a possibility that a sexual offender may not be accepted or welcomed into their community. Most likely when a community finds out a sexual offender is living in their neighborhood, the community will isolate themselves from the offender."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adler, Margo. Et. Al. Justice Talking.WAV File. November 18, 2002.Aired November 18, 2002. States with NPH station. 35
  • Ahearn, Laura A. Megan's Law Nationwide and The Apple Of My Eye Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. Prevention Press USA; (June 18, 2001)
  • Anderson, Curt. Sex Offenders Less Likely to Commit More Crimes after Prison Release. Associated Press. November 17, 2003.
  • Bell, Tom. Court Rules in Favor of NJ Sex-Offender List. Philadelphia Inquirer and Associated Press. August 19,2003.
  • Chaudhry, Shah J. Megan's Law in College Campuses.

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