Many of the crimes committed in central New Jersey are committed by repeat and prolific offenders – those with more than five felony convictions, says the Home News Tribune in New Jersey. The vast majority of those repeat offenders share at least one type of crime in common – a drug offense, says a Gannett New Jersey review of state conviction records. The state’s most prolific criminal, a Union County man now in prison on a parole violation, has 55 convictions to his name.
The Home News Tribune is allowing readers to search for any offender by name on the newspaper’s public records site. Visit www.thnt.com/DataUniverse and click on “NJ Conviction Records” to begin a search. The records, once available only from courthouse computers or from Internet information vendors who charged up to $50 a search, are free to review on DataUniverse. An advanced search feature allows narrow crimes down by type of offense and even the sentencing judge. The records are for convictions reported by New Jersey Superior Court from 1997 through Feb. 8, 2007. The site also provides a link to the state Department of Corrections for records and photographs of inmates, past and present, and to the federal Bureau of Prisons.