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Knowledge as PowerCriminal Registration and Community Notification Laws in America$
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Wayne A. Logan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804757102

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804757102.001.0001

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Modern Laws: 1990–Today

Modern Laws: 1990–Today

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Interest in criminal registration laws experienced a dramatic resurgence in the 1990s. While in 1990 only a handful of states had registration laws, by the middle part of the decade registration was in effect nationwide and was the subject of ubiquitous public attention. Modern-day registration was complemented by community notification, a new social control strategy designed to expand the premise of knowledge empowerment beyond law enforcement to communities as a whole. This chapter chronicles the reemergence of registration and the genesis of community notification, as well as the content of the registration and notification laws themselves. It concludes with a comparison of new- and old-generation laws that, while sharing many similarities, nonetheless differ radically in their reach and requirements.

Keywords:   criminal registration laws, U.S. law, community notification law, social control

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