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Officials Work to Restructure Sex Offender Agency

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    State officials say the Texas agency that oversees violent sex offenders must undergo an overhaul because for years it didn't operate according to basic management practices.

    The new director of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management, Marsha McLane, says she's found that employees worked from home and had little supervision. Personnel and contract files could not be found. The Houston Chronicle reports these and other problems have conspired to slow efforts to bring order to the agency.

    The former director, Allison Taylor, has been criticized by lawmakers and others for relocating about three-dozen sex offenders to neighborhoods in Austin and Houston without notifying residents. She later moved another two-dozen offenders to a minimum security halfway house, again without notifying nearby residents.