How closely Georgia’s sex offenders are watched after returning to local communities post-prison depends on the work of a little-known state agency with a big case backlog.

Created in 2006, Georgia’s Sexual Offender Registration Review Board (called “SORRB”) is tasked with deciding every convicted sex offender’s risk for committing another serious crime such as rape, child molestation or possessing child pornography.

With short staffing and funds, SORRB’s investigators and volunteer board members classify dozens of sex offenders each month according to certain risk levels, dictating how much freedom they will have for years to come. Currently, SORRB has a backlog of about 5,000 sex offenders who have not yet received an official risk-level determination. About half of those outstanding cases involve sex offenders from out-of-state who now live in Georgia.

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