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Megan’s Law by State

Washington State’s 1990 Community Protection Act included America’s first law authorizing public notification when dangerous sex offenders are released into the community. However, it was the brutal 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka that prompted the public demand for broad based community notification. On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan’s Law. Megan’s Law requires the following two components:

Sex Offender Registration – The 1994 Jacob Wetterling Act requires the States to register individuals convicted of sex crimes against children. Sex offender registration laws are necessary because:

  • Sex offenders pose a high risk of re-offending after release from custody;
  • Protecting the public from sex offenders is a primary governmental interest;
  • The privacy interests of persons convicted of sex offenses are less important than the government’s interest in public safety;
  • Release of certain information about sex offenders to public agencies and the general public will assist in protecting the public safety.

Community Notification – Megan’s Law allows the States discretion to establish criteria for disclosure, but compels them to make private and personal information on registered sex offenders available to the public. Community notification:

  • Assists law enforcement in investigations;
  • Establishes legal grounds to hold known offenders;
  • Deters sex offenders from committing new offenses;
  • Offers citizens information they can use to protect children from victimization.

Our interactive Megan’s Law map provides Internet access to better serve America’s evolving, fast paced, transient society. Young parents considering day care providers or businesses and organizations whose employees or volunteers have unsupervised access to children require this critical information so that they can make informed choices based on the best information available.

In order to remain current and maintain relevance we ask the public to provide updated information that we may have overlooked, including new, broken or invalid web links so that the KlaasKids Foundation can continue to be the Internet’s premiere Megan’s Law destination.

On July 27, 2006 President Bush signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. One important component requires the U.S. Justice Department to create a public accessible Internet based national sex offender database that allows users to specify a search radius across state lines. The result is the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website.

Accessing Megan’s Law - International Efforts - http://www.forsarah.com/html/mainpage.html

Updated 10/1/2013

Map of Megan's Law by State


  • Alabama – 14,300 as of 7/30/13
  • Alaska – 2,152 as of 6/30/13
  • Arizona – 14,549 as of 8/14/13
  • Arkansas – 12,937 as of 8/1/13
  • California – 81,112 as of 8/25/13
  • Colorado – 6,144 as of 8/5/13
  • Connecticut – 4,563 as of 8/1/13
  • Delaware – 4,892 updated 8/20/13
  • Florida – 10,072 predators and 50,813 sexual offenders as of 8/5/13
  • Georgia – 23,445 registered; 324 non-compliant as for 9/3/13
  • Hawaii – 2,797 as of 8/28/13
  • Idaho – 3,806 adults; 92 juveniles, 243 Non-compliant offenders as of 8/5/13
  • Illinois – 22,480 as of 7/1/12
  • Indiana – 9,282 as of 10/1/13
  • Iowa – 5,834 as of 8/15/13
  • Kansas – 10,267 as of 8/5/13
  • Kentucky – 9,621 as of 8/16/13
  • Louisiana – 10,881 as of 7/30/13
  • Maine – 3,095 as of 9/11/13
  • Maryland – 8,653 as of 9/27/13
  • Massachusetts – 11,350 as of 8/5/13
  • Michigan – 40,797 as of 7/1/13
  • Minnesota – 17,546 as of 8/1/13
  • Mississippi – 7,887 as of 8/30/13
  • Missouri – 13,579 as of 9/10/13
  • Montana – 2,311 as of 7/30/13
  • Nebraska – 4,200+ as of 8/1/13
  • Nevada – 7,240 active 10,627 inactive as of 6/30/13
  • New Hampshire – 5,414 (cumulative) with 2,532 (active) as of 8/1/13
  • New Jersey – 15,096 as of 9/27/13
  • New Mexico – 3,793 as of 8/1/13
  • New York – 35,980 as of 8/5/13
  • North Carolina – 14,952 as of 8/15/13
  • North Dakota – 1,873 as of 7/30/13
  • Ohio – 19,191 as of 8/1/13
  • Oklahoma – 7700+ active; 1233 non-compliant as of 6/30/13
  • Oregon – 20,374 as of 9/20/13
  • Pennsylvania – 17,568 as of 8/1/13
  • Rhode Island – 1,532 updated 8/27/13
  • South Carolina – 14,747 as of 9/10/13
  • South Dakota – 3,132 as of 7/30/13
  • Tennessee – 19,761 as of 9/10/13
  • Texas – 78,445 as of 9/02/13
  • Utah – 7,020 as 8/9/13
  • Vermont – 2,353 as of 8/15/13
  • Virginia – 20,174 as of 7/30/13
  • Washington – 21,036 as of 8/1/13
  • Washington, D.C. – 1,009 as of 8/16/13
  • West Virginia – 3,339 as of 8/1/13
  • Wisconsin – 22,837 as of 8/1/13
  • Wyoming – 1,654 as of 7/31/13

Source for State Megan’s Law Grade Number of Registrants - Parents for Megan’s Law

Sex Offender Registration & Community Notification Internet Access List

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