https://doi.org/10.1177/1043986204271676

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Publication Title

The Effect of Megan's Law on Sex Offender Reintegration

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2005

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to better understand the positive and negative, intended and unintended, consequences of community notification on sex offenders' rehabilitation and reintegration. A sample of 183 convicted male sex offenders from Florida completed the survey. Overall, about one third of participants had experienced dire events, such as the loss of a job or home, threats or harassment, or property damage. Physical assaultwas a relatively rare occurrence. The majority identified negative effects, such as stress, isolation, loss of relationships, fear, shame, embarrassment, and hopelessness. Some participants noted positive effects of Megan's Law, including motivation to prevent reoffense and increased honesty with friends and family. Fewsex offenders believed that communities are safer because of Megan's Law, and more than half reported that the information posted about them on Florida's Internet registry was incorrect. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.

Publication

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Volume

21

Issue

1

Pages

49-66

Department

College of Arts and Sciences

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