Megan's Law as Applied to Minors

TitleMegan's Law as Applied to Minors
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsDodds, R, Carr, E, Diaz-Sprague, R, Dillard, B, Jones, J, Matalski, M, Miller, R, Potthast, A, Russell, T
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCriminal Justice , Law , Privacy and Surveillance , public safety
AbstractAt the age of 14, Frank was accused and plead guilty to inappropriately touching his step-sister. In Family Court, no evidence was put forward to show that Frank was a danger to girls his own age, and he was considered to be "low risk." While his sentence was probation, the judge attached an additional component to his probation. Megan's Law mandates that communities be informed of resident sex-offenders. In the case of a minor like Frank, Megan's Law remains unclear, as minor's identities are supposed to be generally protected so they may start with a clean slate upon becoming an adult, but Megan's Law mandates that communities be informed. In this instance, the judge decided that as a condition of his probation, Frank should have to warn the parents of all dates he might have about his conviction until the age of 18.
NotesCase from 2006 Regional Ethics Bowls, 2006. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2006
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