Various States: States told to fortify Megan's Law; millions in grant money at stake.
November 2, 2001
By Liz Sidoti
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The federal government has ordered Ohio, Washington and 12 other states* to make their Megan's Laws stronger or
risk losing millions in grant money.
Making their laws consistent with the federal Megan's Law is one of 17
requirements for states to receive a federal grant that pays for
crime-prevention and victim-assistance programs in communities nationwide.
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance notified the states in June that they
would lose 10 percent of their annual grant beginning next year if they did
not change their sex-offender-registration laws by October. The National
Criminal Justice Association, which is working with the states on the
problem, said it is uncertain whether any of the 14 met the deadline.
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Source: © 2001 The Seattle Times
*Stopsexoffenders.com Admin Note: The 14 States are: Alabama, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.