Errors Plague Indiana Sex Offender Registry, Paper Asserts

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Errors and omissions plague Indiana’s sex registry, rendering it useless to many residents, reports the Northwest Indiana Times in Muncie. The registry was established so residents would be able to see the names, addresses and photos of those convicted of sex crimes living in their communities. The statewide list is maintained by the Indiana Sheriffs Association, with individual contributions from county sheriff’s departments throughout the state.

A Times’ review of entries for Lake and Porter counties on the registry late last week showed that of the 410 sex offenders listed as living in the two counties, only 72 photos are posted on-line. And in at least four cases, the wrong photos were posted next to the names of registered offenders in Lake County, raising a question of whether the public can rely on the small percentage of photos posted on the registry.

In those cases, the photo of one man was posted next to the names of four different offenders. Another photo was posted next to the names of two different offenders.

Link: http://www.nwitimes.com/articles/2004/09/13/news/top_news/92c73c343838a88286256f0d0081058e.txt

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