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DISCRETENESS OF A 'ONE-WAY IDENTIFIER' - TECHNICAL REPORT

NCJ Number
40301
Author(s)
R SWEET; M G NEITHERCUTT
Date Published
1975
Length
11 pages
Annotation
PAMPHLET REPORTS ON THE PRACTICALITY OF ONE-WAY IDENTIFIERS IN JUVENILE RECORD SYSTEMS.
Abstract
A ONE-WAY IDENTIFIER PERMITS A DATA SYSTEM TO LINK A CURRENT JUVENILE JUSTICE EVENT WITH A JUVENILE'S RECORD FILE WHILE PREVENTING ANYONE FROM RANDOMLY IDENTIFYING THE INDIVIDUAL IN THE SYSTEM. MOST ATTEMPTS TO DEVELOP ONE-WAY IDENTIFIERS HAVE EMPLOYED SCRAMBLERS. THE IDENTIFIER USED BY THE AUTHORS, HOWEVER, IS PREDICATED ON A SELECTION PROCESS, NOT A SCRAMBLER. CHARACTERS ARE SELECTED FROM DATA TYPICALLY COLLECTED BY CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AGENCIES. FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTIONS OF CHARACTERS ARE INCLUDED....BS