The recent re-arrest of registered a sex offender has neighbors calling California's sex offender registry into question.
Sex offenders are required by law to register their name, photo and address online at meganslaw.ca.gov. A disclaimer on the website says The Department of Justice does not assess the specific risk that any convicted sex offender on the site will commit another offense. However, the website does have a Risk Assessment Score. Another disclaimer says that score determines the statistical probability that an offender will commit another sexual offense.
Risk assessment scores for many of the sex offenders on the registry are currently left blank.
"Most people if they log on, don't know what it means if there is a number. Many times there's no number there, just a blank space," said criminal defense attorney Alin Cintean.
Cintean said the Risk Assessment Score ranges from -3 to 10, and that anything over a 6 is considered a high risk of re-offending. He said treatment providers asses rehabilitated sex offenders using a test called Static 99-R. The score of that test is passed along to parole and probation, and then to the Department of Justice.
"Whether that gets on the website or not, how that happens, is still a mystery. Not many people know how that happens," Cintean said.
Neighbors told FOX40 they are concerned about other blank fields on the sex offender registry site.
"Definitely. Yes. It doesn't give you everything that I think we should know. I mean, it says what they went to jail for but it doesn't say what year," Rosalina Luna said.
Some people feel that a public database that lists sexual offenses without thorough information is not as helpful to the public as it can be.
Cintean says it can also negatively impact the lives of sex offenders who were committed of non-violent misdemeanor offenses many years ago.
"We're just categorizing everyone the same way, at least the website is, without really making a distinction," criminal defense attorney Alin Cintean said.