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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

Abstract:     
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.

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Keywords: Megan's Law, sex offender, registration, community notification

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Date posted: August 22, 2011 ; Last revised: October 16, 2011

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Logan, Wayne A., Megan's Laws as a Case Study in Political Stasis (June 10, 2011). Syracuse Law Review, Vol. 61, p. 371, 2011; FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 555. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1808023

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Florida State University - College of Law ( email )
425 W. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
United States
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