Offenders currently are classified into three tiers: low, moderate and high risk. Online information is handled similarly. Information about high risk offenders and some moderate risk offenders is available online, while information about low risk offenders is not. The bill would require information about all offenders, including the addresses of their homes, places of employment or schools, to be published online. The bill would also establish a new classification system. Convicted offenders would be classified as follows:.
New Jersey Seeks to Amend Its Constitution to Authorize an Online Sex Offender Registry
Sexual Offenses and Megan's Law Penalties | N.J.S.A. (c)
In every state, in every year, legislators go to work to devise new ways of punishing sex offenders. It started in the early s with the introduction of sex offender civil commitment upheld by the US Supreme Court in Then came mandatory registration with police after offenders finish their sentences. And then New Jersey gave birth to the mother of all attacks on convicted sex offenders, community notification. You know how it works. After an offender has finished his sentence, police inform people who live nearby the former offender's residence of his presence. This sometimes includes fliers with pictures of the ex-offender posted around the neighborhood and door-to-door visits from police.
New Jersey Considers Stricter Sex Offender Registration Requirements
Sex offenders must fill out a registration form and submit it to their local police department. The form requests personal information of the sex offender, including home address and place of employment. The accuracy of the information on the form is confirmed. The offenses requiring registration include aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal sexual contact if the victim is minor, endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of the child, endangering the welfare of a child through acts involving pornography featuring a child, promoting prostitution of a child, luring or enticing, kidnapping, criminal restraint, and false imprisonment if the victim is a minor and the offender is not a parent of the victim. Sex offenders who have been found to be repetitive and compulsive by experts and the courts, regardless of the date of conviction, are required to register.
The Megan's Law sex offender registration and community notification provisions were signed into law on October 31, chapters and of Public Laws of These provisions are set forth in New Jersey law at N. The law establishing the Megan's Law sex offender Internet registry was signed on July 23, chapter of Public Laws of The provisions of the Internet registry law are set forth in New Jersey law at N.