The Effect of Megan’s Law on Sex Offender Reintegration

  title={The Effect of Megan’s Law on Sex Offender Reintegration},
  author={Jill S. Levenson and Leo P. Cotter},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice},
  pages={49 - 66}
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… 

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