Michigan State Police officers at the Lansing post say they've been swamped during the past two weeks. They've been processing and verifying addresses for registered sex offenders.
While state law requires all sex offenders to report a change of address or verify their current residence with the local police by January 15, 2003, police say more than 1,300 sex offenders have failed to do so.
Police say those people are lost in the system - living somewhere other than the address they've reported to the police department. They say if those individuals are caught, they could face misdemeanor or felony charges.
MSP officials say they don't have the time or the manpower to track down all sex offenders and make sure they are living at the residence they've reported to the police. However, they say the public can help report sex offenders and their addresses to the police department.
For more information about the sex offender registry, log on to www.mipsor.mi.state.us
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Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center
Attn: Applicant Team
7150 Harris Drive
Lansing, MI 48913
Source: http://michiganstartpages.com/michigan/government/ sexoffenders.htm (The Michigan State Police Sex offender Registry Web site) contributed to this report.