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IN: Sex-offender registries rely on ex-con too much.

January 9, 2003

We were not surprised to learn Wednesday that the state of California has lost track of at least 33,000 convicted sex offenders.

Part of Meganís Law, the requirement is for rapists and child molesters to register with police departments so that a database available to the public can be kept, in some states on a Website.

In California failure to register is a felony carrying a penalty of three years in prison.

It would make sense to follow the law to avoid facing prison.

But then, it would make sense to avoid any prison time by not raping or molesting anyone in the first place. Criminals are not known for using a lot of common sense.

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Source: © 2003 The LaPorte Herald Argus