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NITRO - National Inmate Telephone Research Operations
A meta-database of all prison inmate telephone calls in America with investigator access to help correlate, track, identify and repress criminal

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $390,000)

There are approximately 5,000 prisons in the U.S., housing over 2,000,000 inmates that make over 500,000,000 telephone calls a year. Investigations of criminal and/or terrorist call activities from these prisons have to be conducted one prison system at a time because there is no connectivity or sharing of information between these sites. A centralized meta-database solution will be developed that gathers daily telephone call record information from these prisons, which will be used as a centralized research platform. This platform will aid investigators from any governmental agency to: A. Correlate inmate calls with electronic surveillance data or target numbers to determine which criminal inmates are communicating with the targets or their contacts; B. Detect unusual calling patterns of certain inmates and/or gangs within and between prisons; C. Track various incidents between prisons or target numbers; D. Gain quick access to recorded inmate conversations that can also be accessed by foreign language translators or emailed to them; E. Repress call activities by alerting prison personnel to block certain numbers or inmates from making calls; and/or, F. Set up sting operations to observe inmate responses.

Date Created: September 29, 2003