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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.