Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NJ - Megan's Law Gets New Teeth Under Bill Signed By Gov. Christie

Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie
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By Keith Brown

Penalties under Megan’s Law got a little stiffer under new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Chris Christie that makes sex offenders pay for part of their monitoring costs.

Under the new law, sponsored by Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo and Daniel R. Benson, both D-Mercer/Middlesex, newly convicted sex offenders will have to pay a $30 monthly fee – money that would go into a state fund to pay for offenders’ supervision. Some of the money also would pay for authorities to track offenders’ online activity.

The law also upgrades penalties for sexual assault if the victim is physically or mentally incapacitated. The crime is now a second degree offense, up from the former third degree offense. It carries a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.

It also increases the penalty for failure to register a new address with authorities from a fourth-degree to a third-degree crime and clarifies that a juvenile caught "sexting" with a cell phone would not have to register as a sex offender.

Under the new law low-level offenders whose conduct has been deemed "repetitive" and "compulsive" can be seen in publicly accessible online databases. Formerly, only mid-level offenders were included.

The law provides money from the supervision fund to upgrade authorities’ computer equipment to monitor sex offenders’ online moves, and it prohibits parole officers from handling more than 40 sex offender cases.

This tweaks Megan’s Law to help prevent innocent children from becoming victims,” DeAngelo said in a release. “Measures like ensuring that parole officers are not overwhelmed by large case loads and creating penalties that can help fund initiatives to aid in the surveillance of these offenders will all help ensure that these perpetrators do not become repeat offenders at the expense of our children.”


Mark said...

Hey Governor Christie: I have a bridge I would like to sell you in New Jersey. Interested?

dlc said...

Governor Christie,
Most sex offenders are not repeat offenders. Are you trying to divert attention from your illegal activities on a certain bridge? You just joined the ranks of lawmakers who'd do anything to make themselves look good to the sheeple.

g4change said...


g4change said...

Actually, the fee is $30 per month + a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts delivered to the governor's mansion!

getting closer to the street said...

Governer Christy would not make a good commander and chief . Not including parent's with fines and jail time ? , and Mr. Deangelo's tweeking megans law . Like its only the offender or did he mean twerking . Whos the offender , and whos the victim , Gov. There are places children don't belong .

getting closer to the street said...

Parole officers overwhelmed by large case loads? Hire more probation officers make it a 38 hour work week , they only work five days a week with all holidays off , less medical benifits less retirements . Thats alot of money saved , and would be more efficient with less overload on the officers . It definitely would put a stop to a re-offence . The rest of the labor force is doing it . But what about housing and employment Gov .