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"The usefulness of the audit will be determined by the motivation they have to change the system," says attorney Rowe Stayton, who has represented or consulted with approximately 100 people who have been placed on the Central Registry. "If they see the problem but ignore it, we'll be back with the same old system. I'm waiting to see how they interpret the results."

Any major changes, though, will require new legislation. CDHS Executive Director Marva Hammons started the process of examining the Central Registry in August, when she assembled a work group to look at "what the CRCP has evolved to and what it should be." The CDHS will issue a report on the work group's findings by February.

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