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Sex Offender Authentication Research Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $670,761)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.

In response to growing concerns that a significant number of convicted sex offenders are falsifying identities to hide from law enforcement, Utica College will utilize grant funds to collect and analyze criminal justice system data in an effort to ultimately help remedy the issues of social concerns and violations of law by non-registering offenders. Project goals will be accomplished through descriptive studies that will determine the national size, scope and key characteristics of the manipulation of identities by registered sex offenders, the development of an effective means of locating registered sex offenders who have successfully obscured their identity, and the testing of a model used to predict the level of risk of those registered sex offenders who are most likely to engage in identity manipulation.


Date Created: September 24, 2008