A systematic review of surveys on public attitudes toward community notification for sex offenders

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dc.contributor Williams, Jimmy John
dc.contributor Church, Wesley T.
dc.contributor.advisor Lichtenstein, Bronwen
dc.contributor.author Powell, Alisha
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:30:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:30:10Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000343
dc.identifier.other Powell_alatus_0004M_10388
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/849
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Scholarly interest in sex offender community notification laws increased after Megan's Law of 1994 mandated public notification of registered sex offenders. This interest centered primarily on public attitudes toward sex offenders and community notification. The current study consisted of a systematic analysis of published studies on public attitudes towards sex offender community notification laws between 1994 and 2010. The analysis was operationalized through a series of searches performed through library databases and internet search engines and yielded a total of 14 studies over the study period. Nine of these studies related to public attitudes toward community notification and five studies were about professional attitudes toward community notification, or a combination of professional, community, and student attitudes toward community notification. The results indicated that 1) most community-based surveys used telephone sampling, 2) surveys of employees or community and student samples used mixed methods such as classroom questionnaires, internet surveys, or personal interviews, 3) members of the public support community notification regardless of location, gender, or methodology, 4) community notification was associated with greater fear and actions to protect self and children, 5) support for community notification was strong even if participants thought notification did not help reduce recidivism and 6) public attitudes toward community notification were similar across the United States 7) law enforcement professionals showed greater support for community notification than mental health professionals, and 8) public support for community notification may have intensified over time. The study concluded that community support for community notification in the US is widespread despite evidence to suggest that notification has done little to reduce recidivism for sex offending.
dc.format.extent 60 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Social Research
dc.subject.other Public Policy
dc.subject.other Sociology, Criminology and Penology
dc.title A systematic review of surveys on public attitudes toward community notification for sex offenders
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Criminal Justice
etdms.degree.discipline Criminal Justice
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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