RECOMMENDATION 13

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
2

The Department of Justice should initiate an obscenity law enforcement data base which would serve as a resource for Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies

There is no government department or agency which presently serves as a centralized source of complete information for prosecutors and investigators involved with obscenity cases.[204] Federal prosecutors and investigators must currently "recreate the wheel" in almost every new case developed. Many cases involve the same corporations and individuals and a duplication of efforts is a substantial waste of precious investigative time and resources. The Obscenity Task Force discussed in the Department of Justice Recommendation should be complemented by the creation of such a data base within the Department of justice.

The data base should consist of profiles of cases prosecuted, case histories, corporate records, real estate records, a brief bank, information concerning known offenders, individuals associated with organized crime families and any other information pertinent to the investigation and prosecution of obscenity cases. The data base would enable federal, state and local law enforcement personnel to draw on information and expertise gathered nationwide. This data base should also cross-reference the information contained in the data base created for child pornography.[205]

Two experienced Department of Justice Attorneys with adequate support staff could easily administer this project which would result in a substantial reduction of investigative expenses. The information should be readily available to law enforcement agencies in the legitimate investigation of criminal activity, but safeguards should be enacted to avoid the potential abuse of individual civil liberties.

Notes

  1. Currently the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, General Litigation and Legal Advice Section has one person to assist prosecutors with information and advice in this area of law. It is impossible for one person, with the present mandate, to fulfill the need as described herein.
  2. See, The discussion in Child Pornography for further information.