MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A new review of Vermont's sex offender registry found critical errors in nearly 11 percent of offender records, calling into question the reliability of the registry, state Auditor Doug Hoffer said Wednesday.
The audit found critical errors in 253 of the 2,340 records in the registry.
"The registry is meant to provide accurate information to the public and protect the rights of people in the system. Presently, the system doesn't appear to be doing this as well as it should," Hoffer said.
The sex offender registry is managed by the Department of Public Safety's Vermont Crime Information Center. The information is provided by the Department of Corrections, the courts and offenders.
The state has taken action to improve the registry since a 2010 audit found what the auditor's office described as "sizeable errors," but Hoffer said progress has been mixed.
A major change was the implementation of a new information technology system, called OffenderWatch, which has features such as edits, drop-down menus and an audit trail, the audit said.
But Hoffer said the state has not fully put in place a recommendation to track the treatment status of sex offenders who are no longer under state supervision.