Recognizing sex offenders in your neighborhood

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How do parents use Megan's Law? Megan's Law is an interesting concept. Please need to understand it. There are two sections to Megan's Law. Number one, law enforcement must register sex offenders who have committed a sex crime upon their release from prison. The second component of that law is that the public should have access to the information, so they can use it to protect their families. How is that done? It's done via the Internet. Every state has their own Megan's Law directory, that allows you to log on and find out who the offenders are based upon a lot of different criteria. One of the most common would be the neighborhood criteria. Where are the sex offenders that live in your neighborhood? Find that information out, share it with your children, and instruct them to avoid those individuals. It is not about vigilante justice. It's simply about taking information that the Government feels we need to know because of the high recidivism rate for those individuals, and using it to protect our kids.

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In the aftermath of the Oct 1, 1993 kidnapping and murder of his 12-year-old daughter Polly, Marc Klaas gave up his lucrative rental car franchise to pursue an aggressive child safety agenda. In announcing the formation of the non-profit KlaasKids Foundation in September, 1994 Mr. Klaas said, “we can give meaning to Polly’s death and create a legacy in her name that will be protective of children for generations to come by pursuing the singular mission of stopping crimes against children.” Through federal and state legislative efforts Mr. Klaas promotes prevention programs for at-risk youth, stronger sentencing for violent criminals and governmental accountability and responsibility. Mr. Klaas travels extensively through the United States facilitating child safety events, encouraging innovative solutions and proven programs that positively impact crime, abuse and neglect that plague children in so many of our communities. He also counsels and advises numerous victim families and families of kidnapped children.

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