Since the 1970's, the United States has enacted anti-crime legislation, particularly against sex offending and offenders. It can be supposed this occurred because of fear of victimization, which lead the public to demand laws to reduce crime. This thesis will use a case study approach to examine all laws that may affect sex offenders and their behaviors (e.g. registration, notification, civil commitment, castration, residency restrictions, mandatory reporting) in two states to determine cross-case variability in the existence and context of laws affecting sex offenders. If variability exists in the number and type of laws across states, consistencies in public safety may vary across state lines. The results can be used to assist future studies seeking to broaden understanding of sex offender laws across a region or the entire U.S.
|Advisor:||Sample, Lisa L.|
|Commitee:||Blair, Robert, Wright, Emily|
|School:||University of Nebraska at Omaha|
|School Location:||United States -- Nebraska|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Political science, Criminology|
|Keywords:||Iowa, Legislation, Nebraska, Policy making, Sex offender, Typology|
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