Sex Offender Registration in Texas Hit and Miss

8-12-05 - Texas aggressively registers and tracks convicted sex offenders.

It offers their names and addresses to the public through an Internet site listing about 43,000 people.

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

Registered sex offenders in Texas counties as of March 29, 2005:

Harris, 4,895Hopkins, 63Clay, 19
Dallas, 4,069Howard, 62Hamilton, 18
Tarrant, 2,386Aransas, 62Goliad, 18
Bexar, 2,139Lampasas, 59Floyd, 17
Travis, 1,444Kleberg, 59Haskell, 15
Hidalgo, 808Burnet, 58Castro, 15
El Paso, 797Grimes, 57San Saba, 15
Nueces, 666Shelby, 56Live Oak, 15
Galveston, 625Scurry, 54Baylor, 15
Jefferson, 607Palo Pinto, 54Winkler, 15
Bell, 536 Jim Wells, 53San Augustine, 14
Walker, 521Falls, 50Camp, 14
Montgomery, 466Robertson, 49Ochiltree, 14
Cameron, 421Titus, 48Kimble, 14
Lubbock, 413Jones, 47Bailey, 14
Denton, 410Terry, 47Yoakum, 13
Brazoria, 404Gonzales, 46Ward, 13
McLennan, 401Chambers, 45Menard, 12
Collin, 381Val Verde, 45Crosby, 12
Potter, 371Dewitt, 45Mills, 12
Johnson, 353Pecos, 44Blanco, 12
Tom Green, 335Rockwall, 44Lynn, 11
Bee, 320Calhoun, 43Reeves, 10
Taylor, 308Nolan, 43Parmer, 10
Fort Bend, 284Hockley, 43Schleicher, 10
Williamson, 276Freestone, 43Real, 9
Smith, 272Tyler, 43Concho, 9
Orange, 238Bosque, 43Reagan, 9
Wichita, 219Cooke, 42Zavala, 9
Henderson, 216Karnes, 42Brooks, 9
Liberty, 211Wilson, 42Carson, 9
Ector, 202Washington, 42Cochran, 9
Grayson, 197Uvalde, 42Crane, 8
Gregg, 194Bandera, 41Knox, 8
Midland, 189Colorado, 41Brewster, 8
Parker, 182Houston, 41Upton, 8
Hays, 180Montague, 40Childress, 8
Ellis, 177Eastland, 39Jack, 8
Brazos, 162La Salle, 39Fisher, 8
Angelina, 155Erath, 37Dimmit, 8
Anderson, 154Leon, 37Dickens, 8
Hunt, 153Llano, 36Garza, 7
Kaufman, 151Young, 35Somervell, 7
Polk, 150Jackson, 35Delta, 6
Bastrop, 142Newton, 34Crockett, 6
Victoria, 140Runnels, 34Archer, 6
Bowie, 137Andrews, 33Martin, 6
San Patricio, 135Trinity, 33Donley, 6
Randall, 125Austin, 32Hudspeth, 6
Hardin, 125Fayette, 32Presidio, 6
Guadalupe, 123Gray, 32Jim Hogg, 6
Navarro, 120Dawson, 31Zapata, 6
Caldwell, 117Red River, 31Wheeler, 6
Fannin, 116Marion, 30 Mason, 5
Brown, 114Duval, 29Sutton, 5
Lamar, 113Comanche, 29Sterling, 5
Nacogdoches, 111Panola, 29Collingsworth, 5
Webb, 109Hutchinson, 29Hansford, 5
Wise, 102Willacy, 28Hall, 5
Harrison, 101Lavaca, 28Coke, 5
Comal, 94Wilbarger, 28Hemphill, 4
Kerr, 90Callahan, 28Shackelford, 4
Jasper, 89Dallam, 28Hartley, 4
Hood, 89Lee, 27Jeff Davis, 4
Cherokee, 88Coleman, 27Edwards, 3
Van Zandt, 87Swisher, 26Oldham, 3
Hill, 86Lamb, 25Kinney, 3
Upshur, 85Starr, 24Throckmorton, 3
Waller, 84Frio, 24Sherman, 2
Wharton, 81Mitchell, 24Irion, 2
Coryell, 81Madison, 24Motley, 2
Matagorda, 80Maverick, 23Armstrong, 2
Atascosa, 80Gillespie, 23Kent, 2
Hale, 78McCulloch, 22Hardeman, 2
Limestone, 76Refugio, 22Briscoe, 2
Wood, 75Kendall, 22Culberson, 2
Deaf Smith, 75Franklin, 21Lipscomb, 1
Cass, 73Moore, 21Stonewall, 1
Rusk, 72Sabine, 21Roberts, 1
Milam, 72Rains, 20Borden, 1
Medina, 70Morris, 19Kenedy, 1
San Jacinto, 67Gaines, 19Cottle, 1
Burleson, 64Stephens, 19Unknown, 11,058


Source: Texas Department of Public Safety