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2012-05-17 06:22:57

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 9.6 percent of adult former state prisoners reported being sexually victimized during their most recent period of confinement, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. About 7.5 percent alleged that they were victimized while in a state prison, 1.8 percent while in a local jail, and 0.1 percent while in a post-release community treatment facility. An estimated 3.7 percent of former prisoners...

2012-05-10 06:22:55

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently released a study that evaluated the use of global positioning systems (GPS) technology to monitor high-risk sex offenders on parole in California. Offenders in the GPS group demonstrated significantly better outcomes than offenders who were monitored in traditional ways. The evaluation showed that risk for a sex-related violation was nearly...

2012-04-25 06:23:41

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. jail inmate population declined for a third consecutive year, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. From June 2010 to June 2011, the jail inmate population declined 1.8 percent, dropping to 735,601 from 748,728. Local jails, unlike prisons, are confinement facilities mainly operated by a local law enforcement agency. Jails typically hold inmates while they await court action or...

2012-04-18 06:23:00

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) launched an interactive online tool that gives the public instant access to the largest collection of data on criminal victimization in the United States. The NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool (NVAT) provides a direct and user-friendly way to work with 18 years of data about victims of crime. The tool makes it easy for people to find and use information from BJS's National...

"Operation Game Over" Targets Sexual Predators
2012-04-06 07:43:35

New York State is taking advantage of a newly passed law to help rid online gaming sites of sexual predators. The project, called “Operation Game Over” purged the rolls of video game platforms in order to protect children from online predators. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says, “We must insure online video game systems do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators. That means doing everything possible to block sex offenders from using gaming...

2012-04-05 02:27:08

DETROIT, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Publications, Inc. announced this week the launch of an application - Criminal Tracker - designed for the new iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It quickly tracks criminals and sex offenders within a requested 40-mile radius. A study performed by the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison - 5.3 percent of sex...

2012-04-03 11:32:17

Do an online search for sex offenders living in your neighborhood and you may be alarmed by how many you find. But a new study of sex-offender registries in five states shows that they overestimate the number of offenders actually living in the community by as much as 60 percent. "Websites that list sex offenders may make it seem that there are a lot of them living among us. It makes it hard for the public to discern risk," said Alissa Ackerman, assistant professor of social work at the...

2012-02-07 21:07:02

Parents are much more likely to blame and doubt their children when their child has been sexually abused by another adolescent instead of an adult, according to new research from the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. "Parents may have higher levels of blame toward their child when sexually abused by adolescents because parents have difficulty with the concept of adolescent sex offenders. Some parents may still expect the offender to be an older...

2012-02-07 11:25:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-13 includes increased funding for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole to continue its focus on the successful transition of offenders into society. "One of the most basic responsibilities of government is to protect its residents," Chairman Michael C. Potteiger said today. "This budget will continue to fund positions for parole agents who must be out in the...

2012-01-23 07:03:00

Registered Sex Offender Numbers Increased 23 Percent in Past 5 Years California, Texas and Florida Top the List ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) released the results of its latest survey regarding the number of registered sex offenders located in the U.S. The organization's most recent survey of states found there are 747,408 registered sex offenders in the country today, which...