New Jersey is the first state in the country to set up requirements for sex offenders . This came after the death of Megan Kanka in Mercer County, In 1994. She was raped and killed by Jesse. K. Timmendequas, a 2-time convicted sex offender. Megan’s death outlined the importance of keeping sex offenders in the state in check.
Jesse Timmendequas was remanded to Death Row, where he ramained until December 2007. At that time, the New Jersey Legislature abolished the state's death penalty. Timmendequas's sentence was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On October 31, 1994, Megan’s Law on sex offenders took effect in New Jersey. Other the states then went on to adopt the law to protect their residents from convicted sex offenders. `
Megan’s Law provides certain requirements for convicted sex offenders in the state. Convicted sex offenders in New Jersey must register with the state’s police. They must undergo specific evaluations to make sure they are fit to be back into the society.
New Jersey’s sex offenders uses the tiered system to classify convicted sex offenders in the state. This classification depends on the likelihood of reoffending and the nature of the sex crime.
Tier 1 sex offenders (Low-risk offenders)
Tier 2 sex offenders (Moderate-risk offenders)
Tier 3 sex offenders (high-risk offenders)
According to Megan’s law, Information on Tier 1 offenders are only kept by the state justice department. The details of Tier 2 and 3 offenders are available on the sex offender’s registry online.
Only the state’s department of justice can grant an offender an exception. The exception bars the registry from displaying the offender’s information on the registry.
Megan’s law protects the residents of the state from reoffending sex offenders. The bill ensures that the public gets notified when a dangerous sex offender is out of jail.
New Jersey’s Division of state police is in charge of the state’s registry. The registry makes sure the public gets information on sex offenders in New Jersey. The information helps them take the necessary measures against sex offenders in their community.
Aggravated sexual assault - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:14-2 (West 2008).
Sexual assault - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:14-2 (West 2008).
Aggravated criminal sexual contact - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:14-3 (West 2008).
Kidnapping - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:13-1(c)(2) (West 2008).
An attempt to commit any of these crimes if the court found that the offender's conduct was characterized by a pattern of repetitive, compulsive behavior, regardless of the date of the commission of the offense or the date of conviction.
A conviction, adjudication of delinquency or acquittal by reason of insanity on the basis of criteria similar to the criteria set forth above.
Endangering welfare of a child by engaging in sexual contact - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:24-4(a) (West 2008).
Endangering welfare of a child by engaging in sexual contact - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:24-4(b)(3), (4), or (5)(a) (West 2008).
Luring or enticing - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:13-6 (West 2008).
Criminal sexual contact, if the victim is a minor - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:14-3 (West 2008).
Kidnapping (if the victim is a minor and the offender is not a parent of the victim) - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:13-1 (West 2008).
Criminal restraint (if the victim is a minor and the offender is not a parent of the victim) - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:13-2 (West 2008).
False imprisonment if the victim is a minor and the offender is not a parent of the victim) - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:13-3 (West 2008).
Knowingly promoting prostitution - N.J. STAT. ANN. § 2C:34-1 (West 2008).
An attempt to commit any of these enumerated offenses.
A conviction, adjudication of delinquency or acquittal by reason of insanity for an offense similar to any offense enumerated above entered or imposed under the laws of the United States, this State or another state.
N.J.S.A. § 2C:7-4 (West 2008)
b. The form of registration required by this act shall include:
A statement in writing signed by the person required to register acknowledging that the person has beenadvised of the duty to register and reregister imposed by this act and including the person's name, social security number, age, race, sex, date of birth, height, weight, hair and eye color, address of legal residence, address of any current temporary residence, date and place of employment; and any anticipated or current school enrollment, including but not limited to enrollment at or employment by any institution of higher education;
Date and place of each conviction, adjudication or acquittal by reason of insanity, indictment number, fingerprints, and a brief description of the crime or crimes for which registration is required; and
Any other information that the Attorney General deems necessary to assess risk of future commission of a crime, including criminal and corrections records, non privileged personnel, treatment, and abuse registry records, and evidentiary genetic markers when available.
Community Notification and Websites
N.J.S.A. 2C:7-6 (West 2008)
Within 45 days after receiving notification that an inmate convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for a sex offense is to be released from incarceration and after receipt of registration as required therein, the chief law enforcement officer of the municipality where the inmate intends to reside shall provide notification of that inmate's release to the community.
If the municipality does not have a police force, the Superintendent of State Police shall provide notification.
N.J.S.A. 2C:7-13 (West 2008)
Pursuant to the provisions of this section, the Superintendent of State Police shall develop and maintain a system for making certain information in the central registry publicly available by means of electronic Internet technology.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2 (WEST 2008)
(f) Sex offenders may petition for termination of the obligation to register upon proof that they have not committed an offense within 15 years following release from incarceration.
Offenders convicted or adjudicated delinquent for more than one sex offense or an aggravated sexual assault are not eligible for termination of the obligation to register and, therefore, must register for life.
Registered prior to release or within 4 days of judgment if not confined; upon being placed on supervision; 70 days of entering state; 10 days prior to changing address
Address verification with law enforcement every 90 days
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