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Law enforcement agencies increasingly have turned to automation and the Web to keep records and publish information the public demands.

As of March 2002, according to the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics, all 50 states had centralized sex offender registries, and 35 states, the District of Columbia and Guam were submitting records to the National Sex Offender Registry. As of February 2001, 29 states and the District had publicly accessible, searchable Web sites with information about individual sex offenders.

Another eight states said they had sites accessible only to law enforcement personnel, and six states planned to develop sex offender sites. Seven states reported that they did not have such site and provided no information on whether they planned to develop them.

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