Audit: Mass. Sex Offender Classification Improving
BOSTON — A new audit finds that the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board has dramatically improved the classification of sex offenders over the past five years but is still failing to consistently collect registration fees.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump said in the audit released on Wednesday that the registry has reduced its backlog of unclassified sex offenders in Massachusetts by 71 percent since 2006. The board has also reduced from one year to 180 days the average time it takes to classify an offender.
“A 2006 audit pointed out some serious failures in that system,” Bump said. “It showed them how it is that they could improve, and they have done so.”
The audit found that the registry was currently not collecting the required $75 registration fee from more than 40 percent of offenders. But the report notes that five years ago virtually no money was being collected because the registry’s authority to collect the fees was in dispute.
With reporting from the WBUR Newsroom and the Associated Press.