5 States Say They Can’t Afford to Comply With Federal Sex Offender Law

OKLAHOMA CITY — Nearly three dozen states have failed to abide by a 2006 federal law, which requires them to join a nationwide program to track sex offenders.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was supposed to create a uniform system for registering and tracking sex offenders that would link all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and tribal lands. The deadline to comply with the law was July 2011, reports the Associated Press.

Thirty-four states have not been able to meet full requirements, while five others, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Nebraska and Texas refused to try. By refusing to comply with the standards, the states have forfeited 10% of government grants for law enforcement. Representatives for the states maintain that honoring the law would be more costly than living without the money.

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