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Knowledge as Power: Criminal Registration and Community Notification Laws in America
By Wayne A. Logan
Stanford Law Books (2009)
Reviewed by Rafael E. Silva
Knowledge as Power convincingly dispels any notion that criminal registration and notification laws ensure community safety, deter recidivism, or facilitate law enforcement. The social and governmental impacts of these pervasive laws reflect a fundamental, emotionally based alteration of American consciousness.
Wayne Logan is a legal scholar whose work includes authoritative treatises on criminal law and American justice. His knowledge and perception contribute to the book’s credibility. Knowledge as Power is not an easy book to read. It has the qualities of a textbook, containing case law analysis supported by extensive citations; one-third of the book is comprised of expanded end notes.
The author’s succinct writing style documents law enforcement’s ambivalence regarding presumed utilities of these laws. Numerous resources are cogent
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