Megan's Laws as a Case Study in Political Stasis

42 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2011 Last revised: 16 Oct 2011

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Wayne A. Logan

Florida State University - College of Law

Date Written: June 10, 2011


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.

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

Suggested Citation

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:

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