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Megan's law and its impact on community re-entry for sex offenders

July 2007

Community notification, known as Megan's Law, provides the public with information about known sex offenders in an effort to assist parents and potential victims to protect themselves from dangerous predators. The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of community notification on the lives of registered sex offenders.

Two hundred and thirty-nine sex offenders in Connecticut and Indiana were surveyed. The negative consequences that occurred with the greatest frequency included job loss, threats and harassment, property damage, and suffering of household members. A minority of sex offenders reported housing disruption or physical violence following community notification. The majority experienced psychosocial distress such as depression, shame, and hopelessness.

Recommendations are made for community notification policies that rely on empirically derived risk assessment classification systems in order to better inform the public about sex offenders' danger while minimizing the obstacles that interfere with successful community reintegration. ..more.. by Jill S. Levenson, Ph.D., David A. D'Amora, M.S., LPC, CFC, Andrea L. Hern, M.A

Levenson, J.S. & Cotter, L.P. (2005). The impact of Megan’s Law on sex offender reintegration. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. 21(1), 49-66.

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