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Bill To Update Megan's Law

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. June 25, 2013

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The budget committee in the New Jersey Senate has advanced legislation to update Megan’s Law.

Senator Linda Greenstein says the bill specifies that a young person involved in ‘sexting’ is not required to register as a sex offender.

 “These are juveniles who will send a nude photo to another juvenile. We want to make certain that type of thing doesn’t place somebody on a Megan’s Law list for life and basically wreck their lives.”

The legislation upgrades the penalty for sex offenders who do not register their new address when they move.

“It’s very important that the authorities are able to keep track of these people. So we want very strict penalties for not keeping parole officers up to date with where they’re living.”

Greenstein says the bill also imposes a $30 dollar monthly fine on offenders to pay for additional parole officers and equipment to monitor their whereabouts.

“The idea is to make sure that parole officers have enough training, that the caseloads are not too big, that there’s money to make sure that they have all the equipment that the need, the hiring needs and all that without having to go back to the taxpayer.”

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