New Jersey legislators are considering ways to reform the way the state deals with more than 1,000 convicted sex offenders who are released from prison each year, says the Newark Star-Ledger. “Their crime and what makes them do what they do does not go away,” Maureen Kanka told the Assembly Judiciary Committee. “It’s a problem that just does not go away and it’s a problem we must address.” Kanka’s 7-year-old daughter Megan was raped and killed in 1994. New Jersey enacted laws known as “Megan’s Law” that require community notification and lifetime supervision of sex offenders. Her mother said the state must address how quickly authorities notify neighbors when a sex offender moves onto the block — a process that now takes at least three months.
Committee Chairwoman Linda Greenstein said the panel would review ways to address the issue as well as others, including how to deal with homeless sex offenders. She also is considering legislation to create a statewide agency similar to one in Colorado that would be responsible for supervising and treating all New Jersey sex offenders. Currently, that work falls to county prosecutors and the state parole board. These people are different — there’s no real evidence that they’re cured (of their compulsions),” Greenstein said. “We’re going to have to look at how far we want to go.”