Excerpt from the article:
FOCUS [software] uses complex predictive analytics to ana1yze more than 100 different risk factors on more than 1,000 variables found in a sex offender’s record, as well as other state, federal, and commercial data sources.
The analysis then assigns a 1 to 10 score to each registered offender, with 10 signaling a higher likelihood to reoffend. For example, offenders who move multiple times a year are typically at a higher risk to offend again. FOCUS takes factors on an offender’s record, such as transportation ownership, employment status, household characteristics such as marital status, criminal history, home ownership, minors living at the home address, and connections to the community, and uses the analytical model to determine the FOCUS score.
“We’re not a huge agency, but being the third-largest city in Indiana, we have a population of about 400 sex offenders and violators,” Det. Robinson says. “I thought we could make better use of our resources by assigning more experienced deputies to investigate and Verify registrants who were on the higher end of the FOCUS score, or dial it back a bit on the lower end.”
After launching the FOCUS scoring system in November 2017, Det. Robinson immediately ran a report of his previous month’s caseload.1he six: offenders for whom he had applied for warrants or gone to court all scored between 8 and 10 on the FOCUS scale. “This is working, and these violations directly correlate to the findings,” Det. Robinson says.
For many sheriff’s offices, the new tool will be a welcome option for managing hundreds and thousands of sex offenders-and hopefully prevent new crimes before they happen.