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Resource ID: #18642
Westword reports on a badly managed database containing more than 100,000 names of people who have supposedly committed child neglect or abuse. The Central Registry of Child Protection, created by the Colorado legislation in 1969, has been plagued with mistakes from its early days, the first story reveals. The follow-up features the findings of a 1990 state audit of the Central Registry, which "showed that numerous people on the list shouldn't have been on it," while "many people convicted such as convicted child abusers, were missing from the list." The reporter depicts how the wrongful listing of a man on the registry upended his and his wife's lives. The story cautions that 43 other states have similar databases on suspected child abusers.