The administration of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is resisting State Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr.’s plan to review the state’s compliance with Megan’s Law. The governor’s office says such an audit would illegally place sensitive information in the hands of a noncriminal justice agency, the Associated Press reports.
Casey’s office has asked a court to force the Pennsylvania State Police to provide information on registered sex offenders. Casey contends the registry does not include information on what led to an individual’s conviction. He wants to determine whether state agencies accurately maintain a registry of sex offenders’ residences, and notify communities in which they live.
State police say that of 5,713 sex offenders supposed to register annually in Pennsylvania, 551 have not updated their registrations on time.