Texas won't join national sex offender registry

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Associated Press

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 6 at 4:44 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is citing cost concerns as the reason it has joined four other states in shunning a national sex offender registry created in 2006.

The Houston Chronicle reports Saturday that Texas officials say it would take an estimated $38 million to modify the state's existing registry program. Texas is therefore willing to risk losing about $1.4 million in grant money to help local agencies enforce the law.

Nearly three dozen states have failed to meet all conditions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act because of concerns about how it works and how much it costs.

Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, California and Nebraska have opted out of the national registry.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says that as of August, about 70,000 sex offenders were registered statewide.

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