California, Florida, Michigan, and Texas have the most sex offenders. LexisNexis touts its system, which was launched in April 2007, as a resource to find absconders or those sex offenders in an area a child is abducted.
?When a child is abducted,? says Jim Peck, CEO of LexisNexis Risk and Information Analytics Group, ?time is of the essence. In 75 percent of the cases where the child is killed, it happens within three hours of the abduction, and 40 percent of the time kids are abducted they are murdered.? Back in the real world though, most child abductions 203,900 in 1999, the last year for which statistics are available; are carried out by parents or family members of the children and only around 100 are committed by strangers.
Law enforcement need only enter the zip code of the area a child is abducted to obtain a list of sex offenders, even ones in the area that have not registered. The solution finds such offenders by LexisNexis combing through public records across the nation. The company learns who the convicted offenders are, where they were convicted, their social security numbers, their aliases, photos, physical descriptions and marks, and where their relatives and associates live. Additional information is obtained from mortgage applications and utility and rental deposits.
?It has been a big benefit looking for absconders, and it has helped us locate more than 1,300 sexual offenders who failed to register, ?says Mary Coffee, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Administrator.
Before long, we can be certain, and the solution will locate anyone connected with the criminal justice system. Companies, after all, are always seeking to grow revenue, and this is a natural extension. As PLN has previously reported, LexisNexis routinely purchases all criminal conviction information from states which it then pumps into its massive databases.
Source: Florida Times-Union
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