Well, ever year, a friend of mine has went down to register, provided the correct information, and once the data was online, had to go back to the sheriff's office to have them fix their mistakes. They have had to do this for the last three or four years. So the data is only as accurate as the person giving it, and the person entering it into the system, which leaves room for mistakes.
By Navideh Forghani
A new audit (PDF) showing flaws in the Georgia's sex offender registry system. The report found the state's registry contained numerous mistakes and out-of-date information. The state audit cited outdated computers, financial constraints and poor communication between government agencies for the misinformation on Georgia's sex offender registry.
While the state system may need improvement, investigators locally believe the information is accurate. More than 300 sex offenders are registered in Richmond County, which are tracked by two investigators. There's a step by step process investigators use to keep track of offenders. Once they've registered, it takes about two weeks for deputies to verify the information and update the website.
In Richmond County, sex offenders are checked on at least once a year. In Columbia County, deputies track offenders every quarter. That information is immediately updated to the county's website.
- Richmond County uses the Offender Watch system, which spreads disinformation about recidivism. They state, in their presentation, that "50% of sex offenders re-offend," which is a total lie. You can read the many studies here, which most show the recidivism rate around 10% and below. They could save a lot of money by getting rid of Offender Watch and using the one GBI web site, instead of each county purchasing the expensive Offender Watch. Just my opinion!