Online Program

A New Typology in Sex-Offender Legislation: An Exploration of All Laws That Affect Sex Offenders in Nebraska and Iowa

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Eric Meyer, MA, MLA, Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Since the 1970’s, the United States has enacted a plethora of anti-crime legislation, particularly against sex offending and offenders. It can be supposed this occurred because of fear of victimization; specially, to children. This panic lead the public to demand laws to reduce crime. This research will use a case study approach to examine all laws that may affect sex offenders and their behaviors (e.g. registration, notification, civil commitment, castration, residency restrictions, mandatory reporting) in the states of Nebraska and Iowa to determine cross-case variability in the existence and context of laws affecting sex offenders. If variability exists in the number and type of laws across states, consistencies in public safety may vary across state lines. The results can be used to assist future studies seeking to broaden understanding of sex offender policies across a region or the entire U.S.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Compare, list, describe, and analyze all laws that affect sex offenders in the states of Nebraska and Iowa will be the learning objectives.

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Sexual Assault

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I earned a master of arts degree in criminology/criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2014. My primary concentration of research was in policy analysis and sex offending.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.