CA: California attorney general says fixing sex offender database would cost $15 million a year.
January 9, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Tracking the more than 33,000 convicted sex offenders missing from California's Megan's Law database would cost an extra $15 to $20 million a year, the state's attorney general said Thursday.
The estimate is based on providing the same ratio of local police to offenders statewide as San Jose does. San Jose spends $600,000 a year for seven full time staffers to monitor virtually all the city's 2,700 sex offenders.
"The problem is local police chiefs and sheriffs have limited resources and must juggle many important duties" besides tracking rapists and child molesters who fail to register annually as required, Attorney General Bill Lockyer said.
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