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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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Effects and Consequences

Effects and Consequences

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This chapter examines the effects and consequences of registration and notification. Remarkably, despite being in effect nationwide for over a decade, the laws have been subject to little empirical assessment. Although premised on empirical certitudes of recidivism, and the expectations that they assist police, deter recidivism, and empower communities with information to self-protect, it remains unclear whether registration and notification actually work as intended. The chapter considers the empirical work done to date, focusing on several basic areas: the reliability of information contained in registries; crime reduction effects; empowerment of police; community self-protection; adverse effects on registrants; and other considerations, including costs.

Keywords:   registration laws, community notification laws, recidivism, crime reduction, police empowerment, community self-protection

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