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Pennsylvania State Police Improve Search Function Of Megan’s Law Website

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - Pennsylvania State Police have made improvements to their Megan’s Law website.

The improvements are designed to make it easier for users to search the Megan’s Law database of registered sex offenders. Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Jack Lewis says for one thing, the site now has something called a “soundex” feature.

“That takes a name entered by the user and provides a list of individuals with that name and with similar sounding names,” he said. “Even if the user misspells the name of an offender in the system, the new site will be more likely to make a match and provide information about that offender.”

The Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website now also has a function that will allow users to enter an address and obtain information about offenders living or attending school within a half-mile, mile, three mile or five-mile radius of the address. Users can now also search for offenders using drop-down menus of counties and municipalities.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio