Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Gaines, Larry

Second Advisor

Schram, Pamela

Third Advisor

Parsons, Deborah, and Sechrest, Dale


This study looked at the effects Megan's Law has on the reintergration of child sex offenders. Previous research notes the harsh consequences sex offenders endure as a result of their registration. This proposal attempts to understand the social and psychological consequences of community notification for offenders trying to assimilate back into society. The current study focuses only on the results dealing with the effects of community notification on registered sex offenders.