State officials say they're trying to catch up with a sex offender registry system that is seriously backlogged. Five analysts at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are currently working through 4,300 pending cases -- while also getting anywhere from 120 to 150 new cases a month.
Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to take over a state board that reviews cases on the sex offender registry amid concerns about a backlog of work. The sex offender registry review board has a 4,000-case backlog.
Schools, libraries and other public buildings in Savannah's Chatham County now have binders showing area sex offenders. Authorities delivered photos of more than 400 sex offenders to more than 100 public places. A new state law requires all sheriffs to have sex offender information in print -- not just online.
The state's independent auditing arm says, Georgia is spending a million-and-a-half dollars a year for an inefficient, outdated and error-prone sex offender registry. The audit says, the database is so bad, local sherrifs have to maintain their own, separate registries and the public has a hard time finding useful information about sex offenders online. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation maintains the registry.