Date: August 25, 2014
“It’s been 20 years since New Jersey’s Legislature passed Megan’s Law. The two decades since have been filled with legal challenges and disappointment it didn’t accomplish what many thought it would. It’s what happens when politics and emotion team to shortcut the legislative process.
The law is named for Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994 when she was 7 after being lured into the home of a twice-convicted sex offender, Jesse Timmendequas, who lived across the street from the child.
Her parents, Maureen and Richard, lobbied the Legislature for a law to require registration of sex offenders; it was named after their daughter. It went into effect just months after her horrible death.
[…] Haytaian bragged he “fast-tracked Megan’s Law.” Both chambers of the Legislature were controlled by Republicans, and so was the Governor’s Office.
In 2009, a study by the state Department of Corrections and Rutgers University concluded Megan’s Law doesn’t deter sex offenders in New Jersey. The report says it makes it easier to find them because of registration, but you don’t need a report to tell us that. It also said the cost of carrying out the law — the report used $5.1 million, the cost in 2007 — may not be justified.”
Here we have a recent article, refreshing our memory on the down right deplorable circumstances, in which Megans Law came into being.
…It was rammed through legislature, as a political stunt, and as an intended career stepping stone, for Republican Garabed Haytaian.
…And we see the fruits of Megans Law, have been consistently quite rotten.
What is being expressed regarding the failures and problems of the reckless and incompetent Megans Law, is nothing new…But this article lays out the history of a law that never should have been, nicely.
As is typical…they pounced on a freak circumstance, and exploited it to get something in place, which they would go on to use against thousands of people…most of whom never had any crimes, that even resembled that of Megans horrible fate.
…”Big surprise”…employing this law against your common sexual deviant, is neither useful nor practical…It is overkill, and causes more problems than it solves.
I am sorry Megan Kanka was raped and murdered…but Jesse Timmendequas is not the poster boy face of the rest of us sexual deviants…
You cannot judge the rest of us, by the actions of Jesse Timmendequas…He is not fit to be amongst the public, as he literally is a predator…