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CA: Sex offender data costly.

January 10, 2003

Cost to track 'missing' convicts may be millions

It would cost $15 million to $20 million annually to provide enough local police to track the more than 33,000 convicted sex offenders who are missing from California's Megan's Law database, estimates the state's top law enforcement officer.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer's projection is based on providing the same ratio of police to offenders statewide as San Jose police do already. San Jose spends $600,000 annually for a full-time seven-member staff to monitor virtually all the city's 2,700 sex offenders.

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Source: 2003 L.A. Daily News.