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Friday, April 6, 2012 - 4:26am

Sex Offender Board Gets New Oversight

Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to take over a state board that reviews cases on the sex offender registry amid concerns about a backlog of work.

The sex offender registry review board has a 4,000-case backlog. The governor's chief of staff, Brian Robinson, said the backlog deals with determining the threat level of offenders. He said it does not involve identifying the offenders.

Georgia's Sex Offender Registry Review Board is run by the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities. The board determines which offenders pose the highest risk of offending again.

Lawmakers recently approved a bill to make the change, and Deal is expected to sign it within a month.

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