Results for - Megan's Law

1,544 voters participated in this survey

1. Megan's Law is the name of a federal law passed in 1996 and subsequent state laws that require police to maintain a list of sexual offenders on a permanent list and to make that information available to the public. Have you ever searched one of these lists in your community?

Yes
29%
442 votes
No
61%
938 votes
Not Applicable
11%
164 votes

2. If you were to discover that someone in your neighborhood was on the list, what action(s) would you consider taking?

I would confront them.
3%
52 votes
Try to make their life miserable hoping they move out.
3%
39 votes
Consider moving to a new neighborhood.
8%
124 votes
Take vigilante action, justice must be done.
3%
54 votes
Be wary, but not do anything directly.
60%
925 votes
Treat them like any other neighbor, they served their time.
13%
200 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
38 votes
Not Applicable
20%
315 votes

3. Each state has their own requirements for what violations result in being on the list, they range from violent rape and molestation to public urination, what are your thoughts on who should be on the list?

I am fine with the current law.
41%
633 votes
Only violent sexual offenders.
30%
469 votes
There shouldn't be a list at all.
4%
62 votes
N.A
23%
350 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
30 votes

4. Critics of the law claim that it has failed to reduce sexual offenses, and may even increase them by making it impossible for anyone on the list to live a normal life. Some municipalities have actually banned people on the list from living in areas and it is common for people on the list to be denied employment, get harrassed by neighbors and in some cases tracked down and physically harmed using the list. What are your thoughts?

If it protects one child, it is worth it.
37%
567 votes
There is a better way, throw the whole thing out.
4%
57 votes
I see the problems, but think they could be reduced or solved with modifications.
24%
376 votes
Law enforcement should have a list and access granted for certain employers, such as schools, but the general publuc shouldn't have access.
12%
190 votes
N.A
22%
342 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
12 votes

5. If you discovered that a long time friend was on the list, how would you react?

Friend? No longer.
16%
245 votes
Depends on the specifics of the crime.
36%
557 votes
I would judge them based on my personal interactions with them, let the past be the past.
12%
191 votes
I would require an explanation and after a long conversation I would decide whether or not to continue associating with them.
14%
223 votes
N.A
20%
316 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
12 votes
10/04/2015 Politics 1544 34 By: wbarto1

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