Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Policy analysis on Megan's Law
by Garcia, Marissa Ofelia, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 45; 1466099
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to present an analysis of Megan's Law, which is a landmark piece of federal legislation in regards to sex offender registration and community notification. The study examined the major problems of the policy, which include ostracizing, harassment, loss of housing and employment, as well as psychological effects to offenders. David Gil's social policy analysis framework was used to analyze this policy. The analysis was conducted using primary and secondary data such as journal articles and government documents. The analysis examined the issues dealt with by the policy, policy objectives, implications of the policy, and interaction of the policy with forces affecting social evolution. The study found that although this act has been implemented for the last 13 years there are still many controversial issues and views on it.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chambers, Ruth M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, Social work
Publication Number: 1466099
ISBN: 978-1-109-16383-4
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