Megan's Laws as a Case Study in Political Stasis
Wayne A. Logan
Florida State University - College of Law
June 10, 2011
Syracuse Law Review, Vol. 61, p. 371, 2011
FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 555
Sex offender registration and community notification laws, today commonly known as Megan's Laws, are typically seen as consumate products of legislative panic. Unlike many other panic-driven laws, however, the political forces motivating Megan's Laws have not dissipated, and the laws have grown exponentially over time, despite research casting considerable doubt on their public safety efficacy. This symposium contribution examines how and why Megan's Laws have endured - even thrived - notwithstanding concerns over their utility, and reflects upon their likely continued political impregnability in the years to come.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: Megan's Law, sex offender, registration, community notificationAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 22, 2011 ; Last revised: October 16, 2011
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