By Jennifer Stayton
The Texas Sex Offender Registry currently has about 70,000 names in it. Supporters of the registry say it helps keep the public safe by letting people know where registered sex offenders live and work. Critics say the registry has gotten too big and has not proven to prevent crime.
Emily Deprang is s staff writer for the Texas Observer and focused on the registry in a recent article. Deprang tells the story of [name withheld], who had to register as a sex offender at age 12. Find out how he wound up on the registry, and what laws govern the registry in Texas, by clicking the player and listening to the full interview.
NOTE: this interview contains some mature themes and language.