Megan's Law

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California's Megan's Law provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts of sex offenders so that members of our local communities may protect themselves and their children. Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known child molester who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. All states now have a form of Megan's Law.

Megan's Law makes available to adults and organizations information on "serious" and "high-risk" sex offenders in their local community. The information on a registered sex offender includes:

  • Name and Known Aliases
  • Age and Sex
  • Physical Description, Including Scars, Marks and Tattoos
  • Photograph, if Available
  • Crimes Resulting in Registration
  • County of Residence
  • Zip Code (Based on Last Registration)

Megan's Law is Available in the Following Languages:

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Cambodian
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

Visit the California Department of Justice's Internet web site, which lists designated registered sex offenders in California.