In one sample group, 21 out of 30 offenders failed to update their registry information as required by law.
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) – Some offenders in Louisiana aren’t updating their information on the state’s registry for convicted sex criminals, according to a new report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.
Louisiana State Police maintains the registry, but multiple law enforcement agencies can enter and update information. The auditor’s report found that no one entity is responsible for making sure the information is current or accurate.
State law requires those convicted of rape, sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor to register as a sex offender. They must update their home address and place of employment whenever they change.
There were 11,312 people on Louisiana’s sex offender registry as of February 2020, according to the Legislative Auditor.
In a sample group of 30 sex offenders, the Legislative Auditor found that 21 did not have registration updates. There was also no record of enforcement efforts, such as arrest warrants, when offenders did not update their information.
Another sample group revealed employment information was incorrect for 76% of offenders. The Legislative Auditor recommended verifying offenders’ work status through data employers already provide to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The review also found that 60% of offenders in a separate sample group were assigned to the wrong offense tier, which could result in them being removed from the registry earlier that the law requires.
You can read the complete report from the Legislative Auditor by clicking here.
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