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Megan's Law Unit - Keeping Track of High Risk Sex Offenders

In 1995, a convicted child molester was arrested for the murder and rape of 7 year-old Megan Kanka in a New Jersey suburb. The offender lived right across the street from the Kanka residence, however the Police Department was prohibited from disclosing the presence of this child molester because at the time the law did not allow the release of sex offender information to the public.

The law was changed to permit the release of this information to the public and on May 8, 1996, President Clinton signed the law, dubbed "Megan's Law" in remembrance of little Megan Kanka. The California State Legislature signed California's version of Megan's Law into effect on September 25, 1996. This law was implemented to allow potential victims to protect themselves and allow parents to protect their children.

The San Jose Police Department employs a 7 member Megan's Law Unit to monitor and enforce sex registration in San Jose . There are 5 full time Detectives, 1 Crime Data Specialist, and 1 Supervisor on the team. Their full time duties include monitoring the activities of sex registrants in San Jose, enforcing sex registration laws and communicating Megan's Law information to the public through education and notifications. The Megan's Law Unit can be reached at (408) 277-4290 or via email form.

To learn more about Megan's Law visit the California State Attorney General's Office website.

Megan’s Law Web Application - Search State database of registered sex offenders with local maps and details.

California’s Megan’s Law allows law enforcement to notify the public of serious and high-risk sex offenders who reside in or are employed in a community. California’s Megan’s Law requires the California Department of Justice to maintain a web application containing information on serious and high-risk sex offenders. Access to the web application is mandated to be available to the public at all Sheriff’s Departments and at Police Departments in cities with a population of 200,000 or more, and through the California Department of Justice.

Information on the web application includes the high-risk or serious sex offender’s name; aliases; photograph (available on more than 65 percent of the individuals) physical description; ethnicity; date of birth; scars, marks, and tattoos; registered sex offenses; and county and zip code based on last registered address.


California's Megan's Law requires that certain information about sex offenders be made available upon request to members of the public, so that the public is better prepared to protect themselves and their children.

The intent of this information s to empower citizens with data to assist them in making informed decisions regarding personal and family safety. Civil misuse of this information may subject the person to civil damages. Anyone who uses this information contained in this database to commit a criminal act against another is subject to criminal prosecution.

Parents who are concerned regarding a potential sex offender should consider viewing the "How to Protect Yourself and Your Family" and the "Facts About Sex Offenders" sections of California's Megan's Law web site.

The California State Attorney General's Office maintains a Megan's Law Website where you can look up and report information about registered sex offenders.

We urge you to review the following:

  1. CALIFORNIA'S SEX OFFENDER PUBLICATIONS
  2. CA DOJ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  3. MEGAN'S LAW

CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE SECTION 290

Section 290 of the California Penal Code requires people convicted of certain sexual offenses to register with the local law enforcement agency responsible for the jurisdiction in which they reside within 5 working days of their birthday, and within 5 working days of changing their address. This is a lifetime requirement. Law enforcement cannot dictate where an offender lives, as long as the offender registers his / her residence with the appropriate jurisdiction. (Complete requirements are listed in Section 290 of the California Penal Code.)

 

CONDITIONS It is illegal to use information obtained through the Megan's Law web site to commit a crime against a registered sex offender or to engage in discrimination or harassment against a registered sex offender. A person is authorized to use this information only to protect him / herself or a child who may be at risk. A member of the public may not use the information they obtain by any means in accordance with the law to commit any crimes. Criminal misuse of this information subjects the person who misuses it to a sentence enhancement, in addition to the punishment for the crime committed. Civil misuse of this information may subject the person to civil damages and penalties pursuant to California Penal Code Section 290.4 (e) (3) A).

USE OF THIS INFORMATION: The release of this information to the public is meant to assure public protection, not to punish the offender. It is illegal to use information obtained through this web site to commit a crime against a registered sex offender or to engage in discrimination or harassment against a registered sex offender.

The City of San José is committed to open and honest government and strives to consistently meet the community’s expectations by
providing excellent service, in a positive and timely manner, and in the full view of the public. Read more about the City Code of Ethics.