Illinois Sex Offenders Go Untracked: Audit

Report says board has no plan to monitor 10,000 sex offenders

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    A state audit reveals a program meant to monitor Illinois' more than 10,000 registered sex offenders was never set up, even though legislators passed it into law more than seven years ago.

    Auditor General William Holland issued a report Thursday that the Sex Offender Management Board failed to develop a way to observe the behavior and progress of freed sex offenders, the Associated Press reports. 

    The report also says the board didn't develop a timeline for creating a tracking system.

    But under Illinois law, about two-thirds of registered sex offenders don’t face state supervision and aren't compelled to cooperate with the Sex Offender Management Board, members told the Chicago Sun-Times in response to the audit.

    They also say funding problems make it difficult to carry out its mandate. The board receives about $80,000 in funding a year.