Sex offender residence guidelines

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Residents in Pennsylvania may be aware that Megan’s Law governs the state’s sex offender registry program. This law places many requirements on people convicted of sexual offenses.

One thing some people often wonder about is where a person required to participate in the sex offender registry program may live.

Megan’s Law and residence limitations

According to the State of Pennsylvania, Megan’s Law actually places no direct limitations or restrictions on where a convicted sex offender may live. This, however, does not mean that every person who participates in the sex offender registry program may live just anywhere. Some defendants may be under residential limitations based on their participation in a parole or probationary program or based on some other restriction put in place by a court.

Concerns about registrant residences

A report by indicates that some concern has been voiced by people in the community that certain neighborhoods may have a high concentration of sex offender registrants as residents. This may put some people on alert and even make them fearful of living in those areas.

On the other side of the issue, people required to register as sex offenders may find it difficult to be approved as a tenant in many areas. This reality may well contribute to multiple registrants living nearby each other in select locations.

Megan’s Law and community notifications

A person may request electronic notification when a sex offender moves to a new residence. These notifications are sent via email only. Such notifications may also include any updates to a registrant’s educational or job status.