Lawsuit: California breaks the law on sex offender website

Nov 10, 2015 8:51 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A lawsuit says California is failing to include required details about sex offenders on its Megan's Law website, leading some offenders to be targeted by vigilantes.

The suit filed Tuesday says the California Department of Justice has not updated the registry to include the dates offenders were convicted and released from prison. That has been required under state law since 2010.

Janice Bellucci, president of an offender advocacy group, says that information helps citizens gauge if an offender is an immediate threat.

She says the two who are suing were targets of vigilantism although they are on the registry for years-old crimes.

Department spokeswoman Kristin Ford says local law enforcement is not required to provide the information.

The suit asks the state to update the website or take it down.

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