We passed Megan’s Law decades ago, requiring sex offenders to register with the police and identify themselves to neighbors. But should it apply to kids? Critics say that’s a mistake, and have filed a lawsuit intended to exempt juveniles.
Dr. Elizabeth J. Letourneau did the first study looking at the consequences of Megan’s Law on juveniles. She found that kids rarely commit a second offense, and that the people they are most likely to hurt are themselves. She spoke with Julie O’Connor of the Star-Ledger’s editorial board.