Sex offenders who must update their registration with the Dallas police have routinely been turned away after waiting outside the department door for hours, reports the Dallas Morning News. Department spokesman C.L. Williams said the department “erred badly” by limiting the number of registrants to about three dozen a day in recent weeks, a short-term response to a manpower shortage during the State Fair of Texas.
On one recent day, a small waiting room was packed and lines snaked down to the sidewalk outside police headquarters. Similar scenes had been reported in recent weeks. After the problem was called to its attention, the department stopped turning offenders away before they are registered. Dallas residents shouldn’t be “alarmed that there are large numbers of offenders in the general public who are out there unregistered because of this error,” Williams said.