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Sex Offenders Registry Adds New Feature

California´s online sex offender registry has added a new feature that allows people to send tips about rapists or child molesters directly to law enforcement officials.

The improvement is simple. It´s a button on the Web site which — when clicked — pops up a form for users to type in and send what they believe are tips or updates about the registered offender and his or her whereabouts. The state Justice Department confirms that the latest improvement to the Megan´s Law database went online Monday. In December, the database was made accessible on the Internet and began including many offenders´ addresses. A 2003 investigation by The Associated Press revealed that more than 33-thousand convicted sex offenders weren´t keeping their registrations current with local police and sheriff´s departments.