Corrigan 2006 Law

Title Information

Author: Rose Corrigan

Title: Making Meaning of Megan's Law

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Journal: Law & Social Inquiry

Volume: 31

Issue: 2

Year: Spring 2006

Pages: 267-312

ISSN: 0897-6546 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1747-4469 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | U.S. History | Prosecution: Laws / Megan's Law

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Author: Rose Corrigan, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University

Abstract: »This study of Megan's Law contrasts scholarly narratives that describe and analyze sexual predator laws with a case study of implementation in New Jersey. A critical feminist perspective shows that Megan's Law employs a radically underinclusive notion of sexual violence that conflicts sharply with feminist arguments about the cultural and institutional roots of sexual violence. The law excludes many of the most common offenders from reach of the law, thus deflecting attention away from assaults committed by family and friends in favor of reviving stereotypes about deviant strangers. The most significant effect of Megan's Law is not to expand the power of the punitive state but to advance a political and legal interpretation of rape that undermines the basis for and gains made by feminist rape law reforms of the 1970s.« (Source: Law & Social Inquiry)


  I. Introduction (p. 267)
    A. A Feminist Theory of Rape (p. 270)
    B. Conventional Interpretations of Megan's Law (p. 273)
    C. Setting the Stage: Rape Law Reform and Social Change (p. 277)
  II. Megan's Law in New Jersey (p. 280)
    A. Policy History and Current Status (p. 281)
  III. Legal Practices and Sex Offenders Identities (p. 286)
    A. Identifying Sexual Predators: Sex Offender Registration (p. 287)
    B. Controlling Sexual Predators: Community Notification (p. 295)
    C. Contrasting Narratives and Practices (p. 301)
    D. The Future of Sex Crimes? (p. 305)
  References (p. 309)
  Cases Cited (p. 312)

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