(Closed) I need help with my Research Paper! Questions about Megan’s Law.

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

wow, that’s a lot of questions to have to go back and forth between reading and typing.

 

Have you tried using surveyMonkey? I use that for research surveys, and it’s a lot easier to use – plus, it will store and calculate your data for you (ex: Have you heard of megan’s law? 36 yesses, 12 nos, etc)

 

Maybe you can create this in survey monkey and post the link?

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

You might be able to get some good information from a website called Websleuths.  It’s a crime forum, but they might be able to help as well.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

 

 

Do you know what Megans Law is (or did you before this post? Yes 

If so, what does Megan’s Law require? Public needs to be notified of sex offenders living in their area.

How does it make you feel in relation to your safety? I’m indifferent. Think of all the people who are sex offenders who just haven’t been caught, so those people could be living/working in my neighborhood.

Have you looked at registeries before this to find offenders in your area? Yes, research for school.

Do you personally know any offenders? Yes (one)

How do you think your life or safety would be affected if this law were repealed? At this time I don’t think it would affect me.

What percentage would you place on the number of sexually related crimes happen each year, With 100% being all reported crimes and 0% being none? 30%

What percentage would you place on the number of people who re-offend (either with the same crime or a different sexually related crime) With 100% being all reported crimes and 0% being none? 75%

What notification techniques are currently used that you are aware of? Internet, neighborhood vigilante groups, media, authorities

What effect does this law have on the offenders and their family? It can be difficult for a registered sex offenders to find a neighborhood/location where they can live and work. If the offender cannot work, then he/she can not provide for their family or themselves.

What effect does this law have on you personally? None that I can think of.

Do you think Megan’s Law has helped lower the crime rates of sexual related offences? No

What information should sexual offenders be required to release to the public? (examples listed below, you may add or subtract what you think is appropriate) 

~Name

~General vicinity of where they live

~Crime committed
~Details surrounding offense


What restrictions should be placed on sexual offenders
? Cannot work with children, cannot work in a field where people may be especially vulnerable (first thing that comes to mind is the medical field).

 

 If you haven’t seen it already, I highly suggest watching “The Woodsman”.

Hope that helps your research! Good luck!


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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Easy there–some of us work for a living and haven’t been on the Bee all day:)

Do you know what Megans Law is (or did you before this post? Yes or No .  No, although I thought I did. I thought it has something to do with abducted children.

If so, what does Megan’s Law require?

How does it make you feel in relation to your safety? I do think it’s useful

Have you looked at registeries before this to find offenders in your area? Yes

Do you personally know any offenders? No

How do you think your life or safety would be affected if this law were repealed? Yes

What percentage would you place on the number of sexually related crimes happen each year, With 100% being all reported crimes and 0% being none? 25%

What percentage would you place on the number of people who re-offend (either with the same crime or a different sexually related crime) With 100% being all reported crimes and 0% being none? 95%

What notification techniques are currently used that you are aware of? Other than you personally check the sheriff’s website, none

What effect does this law have on the offenders and their family? It’s probably rough on their families.  Not overly concerned about the offenders themselves.

What effect does this law have on you personally? None really

Do you think Megan’s Law has helped lower the crime rates of sexual related offences? No clue but I would think no.  Serious sexual offenders aren’t going to be deterred by a law

What information should sexual offenders be required to release to the public? (examples listed below, you may add or subtract what you think is appropriate)
~Name
~Home Address
~Home Phone Number
~Crime committed
~Details surrounding offence
~Name of school attended/ing

What restrictions should be placed on sexual offenders? No idea.  Some suggestions here, perhaps?

In some states “peeing in public” and consensual “sexual contact with a minor” where the offender is 18 and the minor is 16 are both considered sexually related crimes. Do you agree with either of these being such? Why or why not? No.  Stupid immaturity is not a sexual offense.  Wayyyy different than child molestation.  Although the whole consensual thing could be a can of worms.  That’s why I think offenders should have to release the crime and the details–I can judge for myself if I think they are harmful.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Do you know what Megans Law is (or did you before this post? Yes 

If so, what does Megan’s Law require? The public needs to be notified any time a sex offender moves into their neighborhood.

How does it make you feel in relation to your safety? It makes me feel safer because while I may not be confortable with them there, I would rather know than not know

Have you looked at registeries before this to find offenders in your area? YES

Do you personally know any offenders? NO

How do you think your life or safety would be affected if this law were repealed? While it may not reduce my safety, as I think I have heard that these laws do not really reduce recitivism, I think it would definately give me the perception about being less safe.

What percentage would you place on the number of sexually related crimes happen each year, With 100% being all reported crimes and 0% being none? 30%

What percentage would you place on the number of people who re-offend (either with the same crime or a different sexually related crime) With 100% being all reported crimes and 0% being none? 80%

What notification techniques are currently used that you are aware of? I know there is a website where you can type in your zip code and they come up on a map

What effect does this law have on the offenders and their family? NO

What effect does this law have on you personally? It gives me a sense of security

Do you think Megan’s Law has helped lower the crime rates of sexual related offences? No, if so maybe only a little bit

What information should sexual offenders be required to release to the public? (examples listed below, you may add or subtract what you think is appropriate)
~Name
~Home Address
~Crime committed
~Details surrounding offence
~Work address
~Name of school attending (only)


What restrictions should be placed on sexual offenders
? Not live by schools, or parks or too close to other offendres.

In some states “peeing in public” and consensual “sexual contact with a minor” where the offender is 18 and the minor is 16 are both considered sexually related crimes. Do you agree with either of these being such? Why or why not? I think peeing in public should not be because I would say most people who did this were not doing it for sexual gratification, but I think sex with a minor should be because they are getting sexual gratification from that.

 

Hope this helps 🙂 Good luck with your paper.


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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Do you know what Megans Law is (or did you before this post? Yes or No. YES

If so, what does Megan’s Law require? I believe it requires all sex offenders to register in a state/county database & that they can not live near schools.

How does it make you feel in relation to your safety? It makes me aware & that helps. I also work with youth so would know where to avoid. Plus if I ever had kids, I would want to know if someone moved across the street that had an offence against them, esp if it was with a minor.

Have you looked at registeries before this to find offenders in your area? Yes, once because the cops came to my old rental house (the offender had moved out years ago & I never met her).

Do you personally know any offenders? Yes, I knew one but we lost contact quite a few years ago. However, it was a he-said-she-said & he lost & I still don’t believe he did what he was accused of.

How do you think your life or safety would be affected if this law were repealed? I don’t believe it should be repealed. Mostly due to safety of kids.

What percentage would you place on the number of sexually related crimes happen each year, With 100% being all reported crimes and 0% being none? My guess would be around 50%?

What percentage would you place on the number of people who re-offend (either with the same crime or a different sexually related crime) With 100% being all reported crimes and 0% being none? Probably 75% re-offend?

What notification techniques are currently used that you are aware of? I don’t know of any. All I know is that offenders have to register with a database.

What effect does this law have on the offenders and their family? I’m sure its hard on the family. However, I don’t care how hard it is on the offenders because no one should do the crimes they commit.

What effect does this law have on you personally? None

Do you think Megan’s Law has helped lower the crime rates of sexual related offences? I think it does help

What information should sexual offenders be required to release to the public? (examples listed below, you may add or subtract what you think is appropriate)~Name Yes~Home Address Yes~Home Phone Number No~Crime committed Yes~Details surrounding offence Yes some details~Work address No~Work phone number No~Name of school attended/ing NoADD: Number of times of all offences.

What restrictions should be placed on sexual offenders? Depends on what the offence was.

In some states “peeing in public” and consensual “sexual contact with a minor” where the offender is 18 and the minor is 16 are both considered sexually related crimes. Do you agree with either of these being such? Why or why not? It depends on what “in public” means. I’ve been on road trips where someone REALLY had to go so they went in the bushes away from where anyone could see them & don’t think that would be a sexual offence. I agree with the minor one.

EDIT: Would you say sexual crimes are commited more often by strangers or by people known by the victim?  I would say, sadly more are by people who know the victim.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Would you say sexual crimes are commited more often by strangers or by people known by the victim? I would say way more by people know to the victim

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog: Ohhhhh….I think sex crimes happen WAY more with someone the victim knows.

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