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A new survey says states across the country have lost track of thousands of sex offenders.

The New York-based nonprofit Parents for Megan´s Law contacted all 50 states by phone to ask about the accuracy of their registries. It found that states on average were unable to account for 24 percent of sex offenders. And 19 states said they simply didn´t know their failure rates. Federal law requires that addresses of convicted sex offenders get verified at least once a year.

The survey was prompted by an A-P analysis of California´s database. It´s going to be released tomorrow.