This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. Registration and notification have transformed methods of governance, in two major respects. Today, no longer is public safety regarded solely as a governmental function and responsibility. With the nationwide advent of registration and notification, government has become an information broker and ceded responsibility for public protection against potential recidivists to communities themselves. Second, the recent political history of registration and notification has had a major impact on the historic relationship between states and the federal government. By threatening states with the loss of allocated funds, Congress and the president have recast registration and notification in accord with federal preferences, giving rise to an unprecedented nationwide criminal justice policy and national police apparatus. The account provided here is of necessity incomplete, as registration and community notification continue to rapidly evolve.
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