Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
M. Alexis Kennedy, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
Sex offender registration laws are very controversial. All fifty states require adult sex offenders to register. Twenty-eight states have extended registration and community notification requirements to juveniles (Hiller, 1998). These states seem to have failed to look at the uniqueness of juvenile sex offending. Juveniles have a very low recidivism rate and complex issues of culpability from age-of-consent laws. Applying Megan's Law to juveniles could have considerable negative consequences for juveniles' social development, particularly because one of the main stipulations of the law requires the juvenile to notify their school. Rehabilitation is a key factor of the juvenile justice system and by applying Megan's Law to juveniles it requires them to notify their school upon arrival, which adds to the juveniles' reputation, causes social isolation, and labels offenders as a sexual predator (Lowe, 1997). School is and important part of a child's development as they experience social interaction as well as basic learning skills. Therefore this type of notification is damaging the juveniles' chance to rehabilitate. This research study focused on general knowledge of and attitudes toward Megan's Law and its application to juvenile sex offenders among students currently attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Participants' attitudes were compared to the underlying tenets conveyed in current legislation known as Megan's Law and recently enacted Adam Walsh Act of 2006.
Adam Walsh Act of 2006; Adult sex offenders; Juvenile sex offenders; Megan’s law; Recidivism; Rehabilitation; Sex offender registration laws; Sex offender registries
Child Psychology | Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Juvenile Law | Law | Psychology | Sexuality and the Law | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Sociology
Cochrane, Debra Lee, "Attitudes towards Megan's Law and juvenile sex offenders" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2.