8 Investigates: Sex offender website improving - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

8 Investigates: Sex offender website improving

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - They are out there.  13,421 registered sex offenders in the state of Arkansas.  And there's one primary source of information to see if one of them lives near you and your children.

The Arkansas Crime Information Center's sex offender registry at acic.org.  "There's a lot more of them than there are of us."

Sherry Flynn heads up the assessment phase of the sex offender registry for the state department of correction.  In layman's terms, her department determines a sex offender's threat level.

Once assessed, it's then up to Paula Stitz's staff at ACIC to get that information out to the public via acic.org.

"We're getting it faster and getting it to law enforcement faster."

But how fast is faster? Five years ago we investigated why it was taking so long to get offenders assessed and on the site. At that point it was taking over 8 months!  The biggest problem was paper.

According to records provided by the department of correction, four years ago the average time it took to assess a sex offender was nearly nine months.

Thanks to getting more efficient by going paperless and getting virtually every police and sheriff's department in the state online, that process now stands at 4.7 months.

"We've cut it almost in half and streamlined the process as much as possible."

Last fall, ACIC formed partnerships with the U.S. Marshals Service and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to track down offenders they can't find. That gives Sherry and Paula's staffs more time to keep the assessments moving and getting the latest information on the web.

To date, Paula estimates those partnerships have resulted in a 15-20% decrease in the number of unknown or delinquent offenders. Leaving the overall sex offenders in Arkansas looking like this.

Of the 13,421 sex offenders on record at ACIC, 6816 are in compliance. 865 are delinquent. 2154 are in jail.

The majority of the rest live out of state, have been deported or are deceased.

Numbers that show how the system has evolved and improved since it's inception in 1997, but that information is only good if it's used by the public. "I think our assessment process is accurate and effective." "Our assessment will never prevent an offender's behavior but it can provide information for people to protect themselves. That's our goal."

Arkansas Sex Offender Registry: http://acic.org/offender-search/index.php


Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved.

 

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Man recently released from jail shot to death in St. Louis

    Man recently released from jail shot to death in St. Louis

    Saturday, May 26 2018 3:06 PM EDT2018-05-26 19:06:06 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Authorities say a man shot to death on a St. Louis street near Interstate 70 had been released from jail only a week earlier.

    Authorities say a man shot to death on a St. Louis street near Interstate 70 had been released from jail only a week earlier.

  • A-State's disaster preparedness program ranked as top in nation

    A-State's disaster preparedness program ranked as top in nation

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:30 PM EDT2018-05-25 17:30:28 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:42 AM EDT2018-05-26 12:42:43 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Arkansas State University’s Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness was honored recently by a college ranking website, College Choice.

    Arkansas State University’s Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness was honored recently by a college ranking website, College Choice.

  • Local high school graduates inaugural senior class

    Local high school graduates inaugural senior class

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:05:02 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 11:36 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:36:46 GMT
    KIPP graduated their inaugural senior class. (Source: KAIT-TV)KIPP graduated their inaugural senior class. (Source: KAIT-TV)
    KIPP graduated their inaugural senior class. (Source: KAIT-TV)KIPP graduated their inaugural senior class. (Source: KAIT-TV)

    It's a milestone for the 36 graduating seniors for one local high school.

    It's a milestone for the 36 graduating seniors for one local high school.

Powered by Frankly