This Essay Was Fro An Assignment To Write An Argumentative Essay About A Current Event/Controversial Issue. Thos Essay Discussed The Legitimacy Of Megan's Law In The U.S. It Is Pro Megan's Law

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Who Deserves Privacy?The legitimacy of Megan's Law is a heated debate that is current in our society today. This law forces all sex offenders to make themselves known to their neighborhoods. Many questions have been brought forward in an effort to alter the specifics of the law, and even abolish it. The issue is black and white and splits the population into two groups for or against the cause. Some seem to think that the specifications of the law take away the privacy of the offender. The opposing view begs to differ and brings up the point that we must protect our innocent children. As a future mom in this country I choose the second view. The cycle of sex offenders needs to end somewhere and after committing such a heinous transgression it can be said that these people are ill and do not deserve to have their privacy.Megan's Law was brought about in 1996, and is defined on many websites. The most accurate is located in the California Office of Attorney General online at http://caag.state.ca.us/megan/index.htm in the following context: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 Kanka's sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. Now, California's Megan's Law arms the public with certain information on the whereabouts of dangerous sex offenders so that members of our local communities may protect themselves and their children. The law also authorizes local law enforcement to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in, or frequent the community. The law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against the offender.Privacy is a right that cannot be specifically outlined. Merriam-Webster's online defines it as "freedom without unauthorized intrusion". Privacy, as a right, is one that is an implied fundamental right in the Constitution. One needs to morally make the decision as to whether or not it is an actual right for all citizens. After committing a crime such as molesting a child, many people believe that such an offender is mentally ill and deserves to sit in prison for the rest of their lives. Another issue that factors in is what exactly defines a sex offender? Is a man who is charged with date rape at the age of 18 entitled to the same punishment as a man who is charged with molesting several children from his neighborhood? Making this distinction is near impossible; there are many loopholes and severity issues. Making judgments situational is seen as controversial because it can depend on what state you reside in or who your lawyer is as to whether or not Megan's Law will apply to your case. The law needs to be universal and clean cut as to whom it applies.I believe that the real question at hand is...

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