ICAC Report Card
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces
America’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces investigate technology-facilitated child exploitation. The Department of Justice (DOJ) oversees and funds the ICACs. DOJ’s FY 2010-2011 report details ICAC funding and self-reported ICAC arrests.
ICAC Arrest Effectiveness
Data4Justice defines arrest effectiveness as the combined rankings of arrest rates based on jurisdiction population and the cost per arrest based on total ICAC funding.
There is concerning disparity in performance.
The average arrest rate for the top five ICACs is 7.8 times higher than the average arrest rate for the bottom five ICACs.
The average cost per arrest for the top five ICACs is 11.4 times lower than the average cost per arrest for the bottom five ICACs.
For example, the ICAC Maine arrest rate is 8.8 times lower than the ICAC Missouri arrest rate and the cost per arrest in Maine 30 times higher than the cost in Missouri. Does it really cost 30 times more and take to make a child porn arrest in Maine?
If so, why?
Or, could it be, that some ICACs have structural and/or management problems that demand investigation by the Department of Justice?
Data4Justice urges the Department of Justice to provide oversight and accountability for the ICACs and the federal tax-payer money used to fund the ICACs.