Getting Results–Developing Safe and Healthy Kids
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Megan’s Law, also known as Penal Code section 290, was instituted to help protect the general public from individuals who have been convicted of a sex crime. These crimes range from misdemeanor indecent exposure to felony rape.
Upon their release from custody, sex offenders are required to register at the local law enforcement agency of the city in which they reside on an annual basis. The registrants must also provide information on their place of employment and what type of car(s) they drive. Failure to comply with ALL of the requirements can result in their arrest and subsequent re-incarceration.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: Can sex offenders live adjacent to a school or daycare facility?
A: Yes. As a rule, registered sex offenders may live at any location they choose. The only exception to this rule involves individuals currently on active, supervised release, such as parole or probation. Individuals on probation or parole, can and do, have residency restrictions. The most common restriction does not allow these individuals to live within 1/4 mile of a school or daycare facility.
Q: What can I do to protect my family?
A: Educate yourself and your family. Sex offender information is available to the public via dedicated computer access at the police department. Persons wishing to review the database must complete a simple request form stating their purpose for viewing the information. Identification in the form of either a California driver’s license or identification card is required for all individuals 18 year or older. Minors accompanied by a guardian may also view the database. Knowing the offenders living within the city is invaluable information in properly protecting yourself and your family.
Q: Is there any other way to find out if an individual is a sex offender?
A: Yes. You may now access sex offender information via the Internet from your own home. The website is: http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov Through this website, it is possible to obtain information on an offender’s residency, conviction and personal information. There is no charge for this service.