Alabama Sex Offender List Out of Date

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's online state registry of convicted sex offenders is months out of date because of a backlog of records being posted by the state Department of Public Safety.

According to an article in today's Birmingham News, Jefferson County sheriff's officials said they send information on offenders' whereabouts to the state once a week to be listed on Alabama's online registry.

But months sometimes pass before the state gets the information on the Web site.

The backlog at the Department of Public Safety creates inconsistencies between the state and local lists available to the public via the Internet.

States have been required by federal law since 1994 to maintain listings of sex offenders.

The Department of Public Safety has four full-time employees dedicated to maintaining the state's registry Web site. Public Safety officials said the delay in posting information ranges from days to months, depending on the nature of the information.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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