More than 1,200 registered sex offenders live in Central Texas, the Department of Public Safety’s Sex Offender Database shows.
Statewide, the DPS lists about 43,000 registered sex offenders as part of an aggressive effort to track convicted sex offenders.
But The Associated Press reports the system offers no way to identify those most likely to repeat offenses or to identify those who committed crimes against children.
Critics warn that the system is too broad and fails to specify the most dangerous offenders.
Some out-of-state offenders move to Texas unaware that they're required to register in the Lone Star State.
Concerns also have been raised that Texas lacks a good accounting system to track who needs to register.
Attorney General Greg Abbott in May assigned investigators to review Texas prison records for inmates with no other condition attached to their release except to register as a sex offender.
Those names are compared to the sex offender database to see who's not complying with the law.
Abbott says more than two=dozen people have been arrested since June.
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS IN CENTRAL TEXAS COUNTITES
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