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2009 Press Releases

Florida State's Logan publishes new book on registration of sex offenders

Sep 01, 2009

TALLAHASSEE—Florida State College of Law Gary & Sallyn Pajcic Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Wayne A. Logan has published a new book on  the registration of sex offenders.

Knowledge as Power: Criminal Registration and Community Notification Laws in  America (Stanford University Press 2009) traces the evolution of criminal registration  laws. It provides an in­depth analysis of criminal registration and community notification  laws, exploring the forces driving their rapid nationwide proliferation in the 1990s through today. According to Michael Tonry of the University of Minnesota, “Logan subtly tells the uniquely American tale of sex offender registration and notification. It will long stand  as the authoritative account of a challenging chapter in American life.” 

“The book provides the first extended examination of registration and community  notification laws, examining their content, history and effects, as well their impact on  American law, society and governance,” says Logan. “In the wake of the Jaycee Dugard  victimization, allegedly by a registrant in California, and ongoing budget challenges, the  book raises a variety of timely issues.” 

One of the nation’s preeminent legal scholars on registration and community  notification laws, Logan teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal  procedure, sentencing and torts. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a past chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law  Schools.

Logan’s book is one of four recently published by the Florida State Law faculty. In addition to being productive scholars, Florida State Law faculty members are active speakers and experts for professional groups around the nation, testifying both before the  Florida Legislature and the United States Congress.

September 2009