Federal government wants national sex offender database
POSTED: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 7:16pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 3:17am
Texas has more than 60,000 registered sex offenders in its database.
Now, the federal government is calling for a national sex offender database.
While many think it's a good idea, others say it will only hurt the system we already have.
Allison Taylor with the Council on Sex Offender Treatment says the so-called "Adam Walsh Act" is not needed.
The plan would introduce a national sex offender registry. It's only been implemented by a handful of states - Texas is not of them.
Taylor says complying with the act is costly for Texas as well, with some reports showing it's going to cost more than $38 million.
"The important thing is 'Does it enhance public safety?' and that is the main thing. Based on research, what we know is it would not enhance what we already have in the books," Taylor said.
The State of Texas helps you know exactly where the sex offenders are in your area.