JusticeXchange® Helps Locate Wanted Sex Offenders

Florida authorities notified when offenders are jailed

Jun 27, 2011, 13:52 ET from Appriss

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida law enforcement agencies are using JusticeXchange to find registered sex offenders who have failed to keep them informed of their whereabouts through our secure, integrated database from states around the country.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office worked a case where an individual was arrested and released on misdemeanor charges. Investigators later determined the subject was a registered sex offender from Mississippi who was not in compliance with the Mississippi registry. Authorities entered a watch on the individual in JusticeXchange and were alerted when he was booked in the Bay County Jail.

"We were able to charge the person for violating conditions of his release and he was transferred to a state prison," said Karen Ross with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. "If it wasn't for JusticeXchange, we still wouldn't know where he was."

The Lake County Sheriff's Office regularly enters sex offenders into the JusticeXchange watch feature. Sheriffs deputies are notified if offenders are arrested and in violation of their release. In one recent case, the office was notified that a career offender had been arrested in Maryland. Although unable to charge him, the department was able to use the information to update the offender's file with his new state of residence, relieving them of the responsibility of monitoring his whereabouts.

"JusticeXchange helps thousands of criminal justice agencies locate suspects, generate and share information, and assist in solving crimes," said Paul Colangelo, Appriss president. "By making offender information available to criminal justice agencies across jurisdictional lines, investigators can save valuable time and energy while focusing on solving cases."

Currently, sheriffs can gain free access to JusticeXchange, providing them access to their own state's booking data 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any Internet-based computer.

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Appriss provides innovative technology solutions that keep communities safe and informed.  Our services include nationwide programs like VINE®, a comprehensive automated victim notification service, JusticeXchange, the largest real-time data network of incarcerated persons, and NPLEx a national electronic tracking system used by tens of thousands of pharmacies and law enforcement investigators, to prevent the illegal sale of over-the-counter cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

Appriss also specializes in solutions that provide government agencies with innovative ways to manage and provide access to public information.  These solutions include NE Crash, an electronic platform for managing auto accident information; and NE Web Portal, which makes public documents available online.

SOURCE Appriss