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Knowledge as Power: Criminal Registration and Community Notification Laws in America

Wayne A. Logan


Societies have long sought security by identifying potentially dangerous individuals in their midst. America is surely no exception. This book traces the evolution of a modern technique that has come to enjoy nationwide popularity—criminal registration laws. Registration, which originated in the 1930s as a means of monitoring gangsters, went largely unused for decades before experiencing a dramatic resurgence in the 1990s. Since then it has been complemented by community notification laws, which, like the “Wanted” posters of the Frontier West, publicly disclose registrants' identifying informa ... More

Keywords: security, potentially dangerous individuals, America, criminal registration laws, monitoring gangsters, community notification laws, Wanted posters, Frontier West, criminal monitoring process, governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804757102
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804757102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wayne A. Logan, author